Bogus detectives scam Orpington residents out of £12,000

PUBLISHED: 15:04 06 November 2012

Con artists posing as detectives have stolen £12,000 from Orpington residents.

Two incidents have been recorded by Bromley Police in which members of the public have received calls from the bogus officers.

They claim that they’re part of an operation trapping local criminals and need money and assistance in order to carry out their investigations.

Victims have been asked to hand over large amounts of cash that the swindlers claim will be marked with a special dye. A fake officer then collects the money from the victim’s address, quoting a reference given over the phone.

One of the conmen is described as being in his 30s, about 6ft tall and wearing a grey tracksuit with trainers. The only description of the second suspect is that he is black.

Ch Insp Katrina Smith said: “We don’t ask members of the public to provide us with money in order to assist with our investigations. Please be extra vigilant and do not hand any money to anyone. It does not matter if they say they are from the police or if they say that they are working with detectives. Do not hand over any cash.”

Contact Det Con James Coldham on 020 8284 8783.

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