Fraudsters posing as PCs swindle more than £20k from elderly

Four elderly people were tricked into handing over a total of more than £20,000 by “unscrupulous” fraudsters posing as police officers.

A woman in her 80s conned out of £12,000 was among those targeted in Thornton Cleveleys and Fleetwood, in Lancashire.

Victims were phoned and asked to withdraw cash before handing it over to a “courier”, police said.

Lancashire Police has warned people to be “extra vigilant”.

Det Insp Mark Riley said it was a “devastating scam” which targeted the vulnerable.

“These are unscrupulous offenders with no morals and are only interested in bringing misery during what should be a festive time, which is difficult enough during Covid restrictions,” he said.

Police said they stopped another woman in her 70s from being swindled after family became suspicious of a mysterious phone call.

Det Insp Riley added: “The victim was prevented from handing over her savings. But there were unfortunately three other incidents where victims have sadly handed over large sums of cash.”

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