Seven arrested in connection with bogus police phone scam

Gazette: A man arrested in north London. A man arrested in north London.

Seven people were arrested today when detectives executed search warrants in connection with a series of Essex telephone frauds by bogus police officers.

Five men and two women were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud when officers went to addresses in north London.

The operation was carried out by detectives, including officers from Essex, who are part of the Eastern Regional Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) a regional team that was formed in March to investigate the rapidly-spreading frauds by thieves posing as police or bank officials.

More than 80 officers from Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and the Metropolitan Police Service Police were involved in the searches of six addresses in the Camden area.

Six suspects, four men aged 18, 21 and two aged 22, and two women aged 20 and 21,are currently at a police station in Essex and are being questioned about frauds in Essex and neighbouring counties. A fifth man, aged 23 was also arrested and is currently being quested at a London police station. Numerous phones and computers were seized.

The regional team was formed to investigate hundreds of frauds and attempted frauds being carried out across East Anglia.

Elderly or vulnerable people were being targeted by thieves who posed as police officers or bank staff who told their victims that their bank accounts had been infiltrated by thieves.

The tricksters claimed that as part of their investigations they needed to do forensic tests of the victim’s bank cards and PIN numbers or large amounts of cash to be used for forensic tests.

More than 780 similar thefts and attempted thefts have been reported in Essex since the scam first came to light in January 2013, and similar crimes have been reported in the Met Police area and other counties.

More than 120 people in Essex have been tricked out of money and the total stolen is more than £400,000.

Detective Inspector Danny Lawrence who leads the ERSOU phone scam taskforce said: "Whilst we are continuing to make arrests, I would remind people to remain aware that phone scams are still operating across the region. As it does tend to be the elderly and vulnerable who are targeted by the offenders, please share the following advice with neighbours and relatives."

Your bank and the police would:

• NEVER ask for your bank account details or PIN number over the phone.

• NEVER ask you to withdraw money and send it to them.

• NEVER ask you to send them your bank cards or any other personal property.

 

 

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4:12pm Wed 9 Jul 14

MaryPoppins87 says...

Scum of the Earth. Who raised these cruel people? They're technically adults so have a right to make their own wicked decisions, but it begs to ask the question what human/s raised such morons? Both parent and child should be ashamed. I spit on people like you
Scum of the Earth. Who raised these cruel people? They're technically adults so have a right to make their own wicked decisions, but it begs to ask the question what human/s raised such morons? Both parent and child should be ashamed. I spit on people like you MaryPoppins87
  • Score: 19

4:52pm Wed 9 Jul 14

SOMETHING2SAY says...

Lowlife / scum / chancers / not as clever as they thought ...if caught.....D*kHe*ds !!!!
Lowlife / scum / chancers / not as clever as they thought ...if caught.....D*kHe*ds !!!! SOMETHING2SAY
  • Score: 10

5:12pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Hiker54 says...

Well done Essex police in apprehending these individuals. Let us hope that when sentenced the key to their cells could be misplaced for many years.
Well done Essex police in apprehending these individuals. Let us hope that when sentenced the key to their cells could be misplaced for many years. Hiker54
  • Score: 16

7:04pm Wed 9 Jul 14

/@|_|@\ says...

MaryPoppins87 wrote:
Scum of the Earth. Who raised these cruel people? They're technically adults so have a right to make their own wicked decisions, but it begs to ask the question what human/s raised such morons? Both parent and child should be ashamed. I spit on people like you
Bhudeeka?! I liked your new look but the spitting thing? That gave you away immediately.

Still, the sentiments, although crassly expressed, are mostly sound: once an adult, the parents have no responsibility, do they?

Key, Hiker54? What key?
[quote][p][bold]MaryPoppins87[/bold] wrote: Scum of the Earth. Who raised these cruel people? They're technically adults so have a right to make their own wicked decisions, but it begs to ask the question what human/s raised such morons? Both parent and child should be ashamed. I spit on people like you[/p][/quote]Bhudeeka?! I liked your new look but the spitting thing? That gave you away immediately. Still, the sentiments, although crassly expressed, are mostly sound: once an adult, the parents have no responsibility, do they? Key, Hiker54? What key? /@|_|@\
  • Score: -1

7:41am Thu 10 Jul 14

MaryPoppins87 says...

Who is Budeeka? Sorry, I'm not him I'm just me.
Who is Budeeka? Sorry, I'm not him I'm just me. MaryPoppins87
  • Score: 1

8:54am Thu 10 Jul 14

AVeryPrivateGentleman says...

There are a number of them going around, pretending to be Bodie & Doyle, flashing fake warrant badges which are silver spray painted imprints on the key pouches of wallets.
A genuine warrant card is in a clear plastic fob overlapped with a metal crest on leather fob.
Never accept a verbal collar number, from someone claiming to be an officer dressed in plain clothes.
Always ask to see the warrant card and take down the warrant card number.
If they refuse call the Real Police out.
There are a number of them going around, pretending to be Bodie & Doyle, flashing fake warrant badges which are silver spray painted imprints on the key pouches of wallets. A genuine warrant card is in a clear plastic fob overlapped with a metal crest on leather fob. Never accept a verbal collar number, from someone claiming to be an officer dressed in plain clothes. Always ask to see the warrant card and take down the warrant card number. If they refuse call the Real Police out. AVeryPrivateGentleman
  • Score: 1

9:47am Thu 10 Jul 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Hey /@|_|@\ .

Don't be bamboozled by what is apparently a random co-incidental reference to spitting.

I too also stopped dead in my tracks when I saw it - with a scary flashback to Bhudeeka’s threat (published in the BWT at on 13 Aug 2013) to spit on her fellow citizens.

Indeed, I was left cold, wondering if “Witham’s Wonder Girl” - like some horrendous super bug - might have somehow metamorphosed, only to have re-emerged in a more deadly form with an even greater resistance to all known forms of common sense than before.

Fear not- you can relax.

In case anyone in the Panfield Lane area has been wondering why the lights at ‘HQ OPMITA Intl’ were burning all night, it is because we had a specialist team of highly trained experts studying the text of MaryPoppins 87’s comments’ with a view to determining if she was indeed a re-incarnation of ‘you know who’.

I am delighted to report that we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

Armageddon is not upon us – not this time anyway.

An analysis of MaryPoppins87’s previous submissions published in various Newsquest Local Papers show her generally to be someone who produces balanced, well structured, correctly spelt, grammatically correct, properly punctuated, argumentatively sound, clearly expressed, meaningful and interesting opinions.

Now, do you really think that a surreptitiously re-invented Bhudeeka could match that?

Well done Team. You can switch off the Psion Organiser now and let it cool down. Meanwhile take the rest of the morning off – just don’t be late for the nit nurse visit this afternoon!
Hey /@|_|@\ . Don't be bamboozled by what is apparently a random co-incidental reference to spitting. I too also stopped dead in my tracks when I saw it - with a scary flashback to Bhudeeka’s threat (published in the BWT at on 13 Aug 2013) to spit on her fellow citizens. Indeed, I was left cold, wondering if “Witham’s Wonder Girl” - like some horrendous super bug - might have somehow metamorphosed, only to have re-emerged in a more deadly form with an even greater resistance to all known forms of common sense than before. Fear not- you can relax. In case anyone in the Panfield Lane area has been wondering why the lights at ‘HQ OPMITA Intl’ were burning all night, it is because we had a specialist team of highly trained experts studying the text of MaryPoppins 87’s comments’ with a view to determining if she was indeed a re-incarnation of ‘you know who’. I am delighted to report that we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Armageddon is not upon us – not this time anyway. An analysis of MaryPoppins87’s previous submissions published in various Newsquest Local Papers show her generally to be someone who produces balanced, well structured, correctly spelt, grammatically correct, properly punctuated, argumentatively sound, clearly expressed, meaningful and interesting opinions. Now, do you really think that a surreptitiously re-invented Bhudeeka could match that? Well done Team. You can switch off the Psion Organiser now and let it cool down. Meanwhile take the rest of the morning off – just don’t be late for the nit nurse visit this afternoon! OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 6

9:21pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Angry of Lexden says...

OMPITA wrote:
Hey /@|_|@\ .

Don't be bamboozled by what is apparently a random co-incidental reference to spitting.

I too also stopped dead in my tracks when I saw it - with a scary flashback to Bhudeeka’s threat (published in the BWT at on 13 Aug 2013) to spit on her fellow citizens.

Indeed, I was left cold, wondering if “Witham’s Wonder Girl” - like some horrendous super bug - might have somehow metamorphosed, only to have re-emerged in a more deadly form with an even greater resistance to all known forms of common sense than before.

Fear not- you can relax.

In case anyone in the Panfield Lane area has been wondering why the lights at ‘HQ OPMITA Intl’ were burning all night, it is because we had a specialist team of highly trained experts studying the text of MaryPoppins 87’s comments’ with a view to determining if she was indeed a re-incarnation of ‘you know who’.

I am delighted to report that we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

Armageddon is not upon us – not this time anyway.

An analysis of MaryPoppins87’s previous submissions published in various Newsquest Local Papers show her generally to be someone who produces balanced, well structured, correctly spelt, grammatically correct, properly punctuated, argumentatively sound, clearly expressed, meaningful and interesting opinions.

Now, do you really think that a surreptitiously re-invented Bhudeeka could match that?

Well done Team. You can switch off the Psion Organiser now and let it cool down. Meanwhile take the rest of the morning off – just don’t be late for the nit nurse visit this afternoon!
Ok guys, but what else can a Romanian chap to earn a days pay?
[quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: Hey /@|_|@\ . Don't be bamboozled by what is apparently a random co-incidental reference to spitting. I too also stopped dead in my tracks when I saw it - with a scary flashback to Bhudeeka’s threat (published in the BWT at on 13 Aug 2013) to spit on her fellow citizens. Indeed, I was left cold, wondering if “Witham’s Wonder Girl” - like some horrendous super bug - might have somehow metamorphosed, only to have re-emerged in a more deadly form with an even greater resistance to all known forms of common sense than before. Fear not- you can relax. In case anyone in the Panfield Lane area has been wondering why the lights at ‘HQ OPMITA Intl’ were burning all night, it is because we had a specialist team of highly trained experts studying the text of MaryPoppins 87’s comments’ with a view to determining if she was indeed a re-incarnation of ‘you know who’. I am delighted to report that we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Armageddon is not upon us – not this time anyway. An analysis of MaryPoppins87’s previous submissions published in various Newsquest Local Papers show her generally to be someone who produces balanced, well structured, correctly spelt, grammatically correct, properly punctuated, argumentatively sound, clearly expressed, meaningful and interesting opinions. Now, do you really think that a surreptitiously re-invented Bhudeeka could match that? Well done Team. You can switch off the Psion Organiser now and let it cool down. Meanwhile take the rest of the morning off – just don’t be late for the nit nurse visit this afternoon![/p][/quote]Ok guys, but what else can a Romanian chap to earn a days pay? Angry of Lexden
  • Score: -1

6:09pm Mon 14 Jul 14

/@|_|@\ says...

... ah. Got it. Looked up "non-sequitor" and a piccie of Angry's comment above popped up.
... ah. Got it. Looked up "non-sequitor" and a piccie of Angry's comment above popped up. /@|_|@\
  • Score: 0

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