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Countywide - Warning after attempted Amazon doorstep fraud

posted 4 Nov 2020, 08:10 by Chris Hoare

Police are issuing a warning to residents across Suffolk following an attempted doorstep fraud in Stowmarket.

The incident occurred at 9am this morning, Wednesday 4 November, in the vicinity of Phoenix Way.

Two men knocked on the door of a house in the area and told the occupant that she owed them £100 for unpaid Amazon purchases, which she knew was not true and so the men subsequently left.

Shortly after this, the same woman then received a phone call from an unknown number, with the caller claiming she needed to pay for items bought on her Amazon account. However, she had already double-checked with Amazon that there were no payments outstanding.

The two men who called at the door are described as follows:

-        Male one: white, aged in his 20s, heavy build and blond hair. He was wearing a gold chain and numerous other items of gold jewellery

-        Male two: mixed race, aged in his early 20s, of slim build and wearing a black converse tracksuit

They did not make any threats towards the woman whose house they called at, or make any attempts to enter the property. They walked off along a footpath, heading in the general direction of Mortimer Road.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Stowmarket Neighbourhood Response Team, quoting reference: 63986/20.

Website – http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

Email – Grant.Stephens@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

Phone – Call 101

Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999

More information on common types of fraud and scams - and how to avoid becoming a victim - can be found on the Suffolk Constabulary website here: http://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/fraudprevention1.pdf

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Police Connect Team
4 Nov 20