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Police and crime commissioner reveals 'embarrassment' as he is conned by fake TV licensing email

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 11/01/2019 Telegraph Reporters
Norfolk's Conservative PCC Lorne Green gave his credit card details away after receiving a fake email © PA Images Norfolk's Conservative PCC Lorne Green gave his credit card details away after receiving a fake email

A police and crime commissioner who warned residents against falling victim to scams has revealed his embarrassment at being conned by a fake TV licensing email.

Norfolk's Conservative PCC Lorne Green gave his credit card details away after receiving a fake email saying he needed to pay £150.50 to renew his TV licence.

The former diplomat was forced to cancel his credit card after realising he had been duped by fraudsters. He said the incident left him feeling "a little embarrassed".

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He said: "I was tired after a long day and as I scanned through my emails I came across a very convincing message saying that I needed to re-register my TV licence and without really thinking I put in my credit card details.

"After a couple of minutes I realised that surely, if that were the case, I would have received a letter so I cancelled the transaction.

"I have to say it was very convincing and it just goes to show just how vigilant you have to be."

In 2017, Mr Green hit out at a “despicable” bank scam in which an elderly woman in Norfolk was targeted over the phone.

At the time he urged residents to look out for "vulnerable" pensioners, adding: "It’s important that we do what we can to increase the resilience of those in our communities that are most vulnerable. “We have to make sure that anything suspicious is reported to the police at the first sign of anything suspicious."

Mr Green was targeted just weeks after Norfolk Trading Standards warned people about fake TV licencing emails.

Earlier this month a couple from Hampshire told how they lost almost £10,000 after falling victim to the scam.

Action Fraud has said £13.4m was stolen from victims in Norfolk in frauds between October 2017 and September 2018.

An Action Fraud spokesman said: "Fraud has been increasing, both nationally and in Norfolk. People should not give any personal information to someone before verifying who they are.

"Every report matters. If someone believes they or someone they know has fallen victim to fraud, we would urge them to report it to Action Fraud."

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