The following is a Police Connect message.
Police are urging residents to be vigilant to cold callers claiming to be police officers following a number of incidents across Norfolk.
Officers have received reports of five cases within the past week where an elderly person has been called by someone claiming to be a police officer. They will then state someone the victim knows has been arrested before asking for personal bank details.
The first incident happened at Ashill, near Watton, on Tuesday 27 November. There have since been incidents in Thetford, Diss and Holt.
Detective Inspector Bruce Clark said: “We are concerned about the number of reports we have received in the past week about this scam and we’re urging members of the public, particularly the elderly who are primarily being targeted, to be vigilant to cold calls made on the telephone.
“In some of these cases the victim has handed over a large quantity of money, whilst in others the victim has become suspicious and ended the call.
“Genuine police officers or staff would never approach residents and ask for cash withdrawals to be made or for people to purchase items on their behalf.
“I would ask people with vulnerable relatives, friends or neighbours to make sure they are aware of this type of scam.”
Officers have this advice:
- Never give out personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.
- If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number and police force. Hang up and call 101 using a different phone. If you can’t use a different phone, wait at least five minutes before calling back. A genuine police officer will not mind waiting while you check.
- Police and banks will never ask you to give out personal details such as account numbers or PIN numbers.
- If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
- Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.
Anyone with concerns about such calls should contact Norfolk Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. Alternatively, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
The Big Society Fund is provided by North Norfolk District Council to help build strong communities in the district. It aims to help communities to develop new and innovative projects which will improve their social and
The fund is open to applications throughout the year, although to ensure your application is eligible to go through for consideration to the 4th March 2019 Grant Panel, only applications received by 4th February 2019 which are fully completed, signed, and accompanied by all the requested supporting documentation will be accepted
Prior to completing an application please ring Sonia Shuter on 01263 516173 to discuss the potential application
An application pack containing an application form, independent referee form and a list of supporting documentation required can be downloaded from the North Norfolk District Council Website at https://www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/tasks/big-society-fund/big-society-fund-details/
A hard copy of the application pack is available by contacting email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> / 01263 516248 or 516173.
For information I have attached a copy of the Big Society Fund Prospectus and the Big Society Fund Grant leaflet, please feel free to circulate them to your voluntary and community groups.
Community Support Officer
Big Society, Arts & Culture, Community Transport Grant Funds
North Norfolk Help Hub
You may be aware that Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee approved four options for a potential Norwich Western Link last week and these are now our shortlist of options. You can read more about these options here.
A public consultation on these routes will run between Monday 26 November 2018 and Friday 18 January 2019. During the consultation, people will be asked for their views on the options and these responses will help the council identify a preferred option for a Norwich Western Link in spring 2019.
You can find out more about the options and respond to the consultation online via www.norfolk.gov.uk/nwl from Monday 26 November. You can also respond in person, and ask any questions you may have, at a series of staffed events taking place in local communities throughout the consultation period. You can find details of these events here and also on the attached poster, which you would be very welcome to share or print and display to help make others aware of the consultation
We would encourage everyone to look through all the information available as part of the consultation before making their response. If you have any questions that the published consultation information doesn’t answer, please let us know – whether in person at one of our dedicated consultation events or by email.
Norwich Western Link
NWL Website: www.norfolk.gov.uk/nwl
Tel: 0344 800 8020
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