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Help sought after Brislington woman conned in telephone scam

Police have released an e-fit of a man who scammed a South Bristol woman out of a large amount of money

Avon & Somerset Police are asking for the public's help after a woman in south Bristol was scammed out a large amount of money.

The incident happened on August 10 2018 in Birchwood Rd, Brislington.

A woman was contacted by a telephone scammer who claimed to be a police officer.

The caller said that the woman had fraudulent transactions on her bank account and that she needed to withdraw the rest of her money from the bank and hand it over for safe keeping.

The woman took out  a large amount of money and at 6pm on the same day a “courier” was sent to her address. The e-fit shows the “courier” who came to take the woman’s money.  

The man called himself “Jamil” and he is described by the victim as Afro-Caribbean, around 6ft 3ins, of thin build with dark eyebrows and a narrow pointed nose. His front teeth were slightly turned in.

The man was wearing black trousers and a black top, with a black hoody on. He was also wearing a black cap with a red, white and green stripe around it and his hair was very short around the sides.

The man spoke with what the victim described as a Caribbean accent.

The victim also noted he had long fingers and was holding a wide phone. 

The man held his hand and phone in front of his mouth a lot.

The suspect in the e-fit got into a black saloon car with four doors that looked less than five years old.

PC Parsons, investigating officer, said: “This is a common telephone scam that has been used by fraudsters widely throughout the country.

“We would urge people to talk to their older relatives like parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts and warn them that we would never contact you over the phone to talk about your bank account.

“Police officers would also never ask you to hand over PIN or security information and we would definitely never ask you to withdraw and hand over large sums of cash.

“If you suspect someone is being targeted by fraudsters or doorstep criminals in your neighbourhood then please report it to us.”

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