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Hang up warning amid Norfolk ‘car accidents’ cold call con

PUBLISHED: 16:32 09 December 2019 | UPDATED: 16:32 09 December 2019

An 80-year-old man was almost conned out of thousands of pounds by a telephone scammer pretending to be a police officer. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

An 80-year-old man was almost conned out of thousands of pounds by a telephone scammer pretending to be a police officer. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

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Cold callers have been trying to con people in Norfolk about ‘recent car accidents’.

Watchdogs at Norfolk Trading Standards said they had received a number of reports from people in the county who have received the recorded message cold calls.

The message talks about a 'recent car accident' and asks a series of questions, with gaps left for responses.

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After that, the calls are then likely to be connected to a call handler, who will attempt to gather personal, vehicle and financial details.

A spokesman for Norfolk Trading Standards said: "We always advise people to be very wary of claims made during telephone cold calls.

"If you receive this or a similar recorded message call, our advice is do not interact with the call and hang up."

People who have received a telephone cold call which they believe to be a scam can report it to Trading Standards via their partners, the Citizens Advice consumer helpline, on 03454 04 05 06.


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