Police in Sheffield are appealing for information and raising awareness after a vulnerable man was targeted by bogus officials posing as police officers.
Just after 4.30pm yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 1 May), it was reported two men claiming they were police officers had attended an address on Eskdale Road, Sheffield.
The men, one of whom showed a fake ID card, stated they were investigating the victim for using counterfeit money. The men demanded the victim handover over all of cash in the property otherwise he could face arrest.
Due to this threat the elderly victim complied with their demand.
An investigation has been launched into this incident as T/DI Anna Sedgwick explains: “I would like to offer my reassurance that a full investigation is ongoing and we are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry to identify the offenders responsible.
“The men targeted an elderly man in his home, using threats and fear for their own selfish gain.
“Although the man wasn’t physical harmed in the incident, he has been left incredibly distressed and large quantity of cash was stolen.
“I understand this will cause fear amongst other members of the community and I would like to provide advice and tips you can follow to spot bogus officials.
“All of our officers carry photo warrant cards, which will always be presented to members of public they are visiting. If you remain unsure, or believe the ID presented isn’t legitimate please call 101 who will be able to confirm an officers details.
“Officers will also never make demands for cash or threaten victims with arrest if they do not comply. If officers are attending a property to seize items or cash, they will have a valid search warrant which will be presented before entry and the relevant legislation will be referenced.
“Finally I would urge anyone whether you have any concerns, or believe someone to be a bogus official, to immediately report it.”
The men are described as having local accents, both with dark brown hair and to have been wearing white short-sleeved shirts.
Anyone who was in the area at the time, or has information about the incident is asked to report it via 101 quoting incident number 679 of 1 May.