A FRAUDSTER posing as a detective scammed an elderly Alderholt resident out of thousands of pounds.
The victim, a man in his 80s, received a phone call around 11.30am on Monday 8th February from a man claiming to be from Manchester police who asked for help in catching a thief who had stolen a large amount of counterfeit money from the victim’s local bank.
After being put through to a woman pretending to be from his bank, the pensioner again spoke to the bogus detective who asked him to withdraw £7,000 so police could check if it was genuine.
The victim was only able to withdraw £5,000, and arrangements were made for someone to collect the cash. A man wearing a face mask then arrived at around 2.30pm that day and took it away.
Police are also investigating two similar offences in which elderly people in the same village were targeted – one on the same day and the other on Thursday 28th January. No money was handed over on either occasion.
Dorset fraud investigator Shane Cherrett said: “We are carrying out a full investigation into these matters and I am appealing for anyone with information that might assist our enquiries to please come forward.
“We believe the man who collected the money may have been waiting in the Alderholt area on the afternoon of Monday 8th February and I would ask for anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the vicinity to please contact us.
“Finally I would urge people to make sure any vulnerable elderly family members, loved ones or neighbours are aware of this scam. Anyone who is contacted in similar circumstances is asked to please report it to us.”
Those with information should contact officers on 101, quoting crime reference number 55210023452, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.