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Fraudsters pose as police officers to con 94-year-old out of hundreds of pounds
Fraudsters posed as police officers to steal hundreds of pounds from a 94-year-old man.
The vulnerable victim was phoned at his home in Highcroft Villas, Brighton, by a man claiming to work for the Metropolitan Police who said two people had been arrested trying to access the pensioner's bank account at about 5pm on Monday.
The man told the victim to call 999 but did not put the phone down and either he or another person posed as a police call handler.
The pensioner was told that the officer who had called him was genuine and that he should call his bank.
Again the person on the other end of the line did not end the call, this time posing as a member of staff at the bank and taking down the victim's account details and pin number.
A fake courier then arrived at the victim's door and took the man's bank card away.
Several hundreds of pounds were later withdrawn from the pensioner's account.
Police were contacted yesterday by a member of the victim's family after they discovered what had happened.
Detective Sergeant Mark Taylor, of Brighton and Hove CID, said: "This was a well planned crime where the offenders preyed on the victim because of his vulnerability.
"The victim believed he was doing all the right things by listening to the men posing as police officers but the offenders used his trust in the law to steal from him.
"There may be other victims who have fallen foul of the same scam but who have either not realised money has been stolen from them or have been too embarrassed to report it.”
The courier was Asian, and in his late 20s. He had dark hair brushed back and a dark moustache.
Anyone with information should call 101.
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