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Elderly residents targeted by fraudsters

Detectives in Poole are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after pensioners were targeted by fraudsters in the town centre and the Creekmoor area of Poole.

The first incident happened at approximately 1pm on Friday 1 August 2014 at an address on Kennart Road. A woman in her eighties attended her local bank and attempted to draw out £5000 in cash to pay workmen at her home. She advised the cashier that men had come round to cut her lawn but told her she needed to pay them cash to have it paved instead. The bank did not allow the transaction and notified the police.

The second incident occurred between 9am and 11am on Saturday 2 August 2014 at an address on Emerson Road. A woman in her seventies informed a family member that a man had attended her home address and told her she needed to pay him £4000 cash to repair her roof. She attended her local bank to get the money, however, staff persuaded her not to make the withdrawal.

Neither victims had arranged for work to be carried out on their properties nor had any work been carried out.

Detective Constable Lee Emery, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said: “It was fortunate that the staff at both banks were alert and the women did not lose any money.

“We do not have any descriptions or any more information, therefore, I am appealing to anyone who may have been a victim of a similar crime or has any concerns about suspicious activity in their area to come forward.

“I am keen to speak with anyone who has information that can assist with the investigation.

“I urge all residents to not to pay for building work that has not been completed and if paying with cash, to ask to see a written invoice.

“Always check the identity of the person requesting payment before handing over any money and obtain a receipt. “

No arrests have been made.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 2:213. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 8 August 2014