1. Lynmax

    Lynmax Registered User

    Nov 1, 2016
    260
    Some of you might remember that we recently installed security cameras and a camera doorbell at mums house to help protect her from door step scammers. It is a brilliant system and we have used the two way mic to get rid of a couple of dubious callers. Also used it to get mum back inside the house when she was about to vandalise a car that had the cheek to park outside her house!

    But unfortunately today, while I was out for lunch, my brother in India on holiday and my sister at work ( she only works one day a week!), Mum got a repeat visit from a scammer! Once again he called to ask mum for money to go to Leeds to collect his dead wife's body! His actions and conversation are very clear on the front door camera and I was able to save the videos a couple of hours later. Luckily mum was confused by his demands, playing the "I'm a poor widowed pensioner with no money " card and he got fed up or anxious so left empty handed.

    I decided to contact the local police via their live chat facility on their website and was given a reference number and the promise of a call back within two days. I was not totally happy but I did not know what to do so set off to spend a few hours with mum and give her some tea. As I drove up, I saw two CPSO policemen on bikes at the end of the road and stopped to talk to them. They were very interested in my tale of the scammer and looked at the video clips I had, I was amazed that they knew the man! His conversation was very clear so he cannot deny that he was scamming mum. My new best friend, Darren the Policeman, gave me his mobile number so I could Whatsapp him the clips, he gave me his email address so I can let him know of other "visitors" and promised to liaise with the person dealing with my earlier crime report. He was also very interested in another caller mum had last week while my sister was there, another workman scammer who we thought had been scared off by the cameras, as they know him as well!

    Soon after I got home, I sent off the clips and got immediate acknowledgmenta from Darren. I then got a phone call from mums local police station in response to the online form I completed this afternoon, Darren really has been busy!

    I don't expect any action really but hopefully mum is now on the radar of the local police and they might put the fear of arrest into these two scammers! I feel the cost of the cameras has been justified.
     
  2. annielou

    annielou Registered User

    Sep 27, 2019
    209
    They do sound like they've been useful and well done Darren. Hopefully your clips and info will help in keeping the scammers at bay from your mum and others too x
     
  3. RosettaT

    RosettaT Registered User

    Sep 9, 2018
    297
    Female
    Mid Lincs
    Pleased to hear the cameras worked to protect your mum and if the video helps with a conviction or at least a warning then so much the better.
     
  4. Splashing About

    Splashing About Registered User

    Oct 20, 2019
    180
    Wow great result. These cameras will be really useful for many people
     
  5. Lynmax

    Lynmax Registered User

    Nov 1, 2016
    260
    My new best friend Darren called me tonight to tell me that they will be upgrading my report to the crime of fraud. I'm not sure what this means but I think they will now be looking for this guy to charge him. The video and audio clips are so clear that there is enough evidence to do this. I should get an update in due course about any further action. I'm delighted to hear that our security system has been so effective.
     
  6. annielou

    annielou Registered User

    Sep 27, 2019
    209
    Thats good news. Hopefully they will charge him soon and get him out the way. Well done to you and Darren x
     

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