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89-year-old woman conned out of £2,500

89-year-old woman conned out of £2,500 89-year-old woman conned out of £2,500
Updated: 11:11 am, May 07, 2015

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

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

He then said a man had been arrested for fraud and 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 there 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 was Asian, in his 40s, with short dark hair and wore a dark 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 anyone who has any information about the incident should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.