A man pretending to be a police officer has attempted to scam a pensioner in Cheltenham.
A woman who lives in the Prestbury area received a phone call yesterday afternoon (Thursday 28 July) from a man who claimed he was from the police. He said that due to an ‘increase in burglaries in the area’, officers would be handing out free alarm pendants to the elderly.
Thankfully, the victim suspected this was a scam so she hung up and called police.
Officers are warning the public of this scam in case the offender targets anymore Gloucestershire residents.
Kim Mowday, harm reduction advisor for Gloucestershire Constabulary, said: “If you receive an unexpected phone call from somebody claiming to be a police officer, ask for their name, collar number and police force. Hang up, ensure the line is clear and then call police on 101 to check they are a bona fide police officer.
“If somebody turns up at your door saying they are from the police, I advise you do the same and ask to see some identification. I also suggest residents use a security chain or peep hole when answering the door to someone they do not know.
“Please make your elderly family, friends and neighbours aware of this scam and our advice.”