Fraudsters target 85 year-old woman

First published in News

AN eighty five year-old Kington woman has fallen victim to a scam which sees fraudsters pose as police officers.

The woman received a call from a man on Sunday evening saying he was from the Metropolitan Police and that her bank card had been used fraudulently in London.

He then asked for her bank card and credit card details, both of which she gave to him.

The offender told the woman to ring off and dial 999 so that she knew it was a genuine call, and when she did this she heard what she believed to be the usual "do you want fire, police or ambulance" response.

However, the offender had not hung up and was still on the phone.

He then asked her to key in her PIN on her phone, which she did, and after some discussion said that a courier would call round to collect the cards.

He told her not to cancel the cards as new ones would be sent to her.

About 20 minutes later a man called to collect the cards, and the following day the woman had a call from her bank to say that £300 had been taken out of her account.

The fake courier is described as a white male, about 5'6" to 5'8" tall, clean shaven and slightly scruffy in appearance.

Anyone who saw the man, or anyone acting suspiciously in the Church Hill Road area of Kington on Sunday night, should call 101, quoting 449s 230614.

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