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Police urge vigilance after elderly couple lose £4,500 to fraudster

Police urge vigilance after elderly couple lose £4,500 to fraudster Police urge vigilance after elderly couple lose £4,500 to fraudster
Updated: 9:21 am, Jul 17, 2015

AN ELDERLY couple from Whitnash lost £4,500 after they were scammed by a fraudster.

The man was on his driveway on Monday (July 13) when he was approached by another man claiming to be from Trading Standards.

The man told him a company who had completed work at the victim’s address was in court for overcharging customers and asked if he could have his home telephone number so he could phone back about the court result.

Minutes later, he called and claimed the company had been prosecuted.

Later the same day, there was another call from a different man who said he was from court and asked the victim how much money was in his and his wife’s bank accounts.

The man then told the victim they would be receiving thousands of pounds of compensation.

The victim and his wife were told to withdraw £4,500 from their account and he would meet them to collect it.

The man went to the bank where he withdrew the money and upon returning home, received another call from the man asking to meet for the money to be handed over.

The man, who introduced himself as ‘Robson’, was met on the corner of Moorhill Road and given the money in an envelope along with the bank details of both the husband and the wife.

He then told her that they would receive another phone call the next day and walked off in the direction of Chandlers Road.

That evening, the couple told their son what had happened and he alerted police.

The man is described as in his early 30s, 5ft9, of slim build, with short brown hair and clean shaven.

He was wearing dark trousers, dark shoes, a light blue long sleeved shirt and a red coloured lanyard around his neck.

Police are urging residents to be vigilant and report any similar incidents.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 101.