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Kent Police urge Dartford residents to be on their guard against bogus callers

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 May 2014

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Kent Police are advising residents to be aware of bogus callers claiming to be police officers after cash was stolen from a Dartford property.

At around midnight on April 21 a man told a resident living in Gore Road he was a police officer.

He is thought to have stolen £120 from the victim’s property.

The suspect is described as white, aged between 35 and 45, of medium build, with short hair and he was wearing a black jacket.

Det Insp Mike Worrall, of Kent Police, said: “The suspect has targeted a vulnerable and elderly person and has falsely claimed to be a police officer. The victim was suspicious about the man’s actions and did the right thing by reporting it to police.

“Most people who call at your home will be genuine. However, occasionally people may turn up unannounced and try to trick their way into your home to steal valuables or money.

“I would ask elderly people to be vigilant of bogus callers and friends to look out for those who are vulnerable. Carefully check identification of anyone calling at your door and if you have concerns, do not open the door and ask them to return when you have someone with you. If you are suspicious about anyone who claims to be a police officer, make a note of as much information as possible and report it to police.”

Witnesses or anyone with information about the incident in Dartford can contact DC Richard Olley at Kent Police by calling 01474 366041 and quoting XY/014070/14.

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