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Elderly woman conned out of thousands

Elderly woman conned out of thousands Elderly woman conned out of thousands
Updated: 9:45 am, May 07, 2015

AN ELDERLY Wythall woman has been conned out of £2,500 by a fraudster pretending to be police officer.

The 89-year-old received a phone call last Tuesday, April ,7 from someone claiming to be from the police in London.

He told her a man had been arrested for fraud who had taken £5,000 from her bank.

She was told to go to her local bank and withdraw a large amount of money so the bank notes could be compared.

A taxi was arranged which picked her up, took her to her own bank and brought her home.

She was then told by the caller a courier would collect the money and a man later came to the address where she handed him the cash. He claimed the money would go back into her account.

The man who came to the door is described as Asian, in his 40s, with short dark hair. He wore a dark coloured suit.

West Mercia Police are reminding residents never to give out their bank details over the phone or hand money over to someone they do not know.

They are also urging people to look out for elderly relatives, friends and neighbours.

Anyone in doubt or has any information about the incident should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.