Fraudsters steal thousands from vulnerable pensioner

Police in Sutton have issued CCTV and are appealing for help to identify a man wanted in connection with a fraud committed against a vulnerable 96-year-old man.

At 11:05am on Wednesday, 10 January the pensioner received a call at his home address near Carshalton Park from a person pretending to be from his bank. During the call, the victim gave his personal details and PIN and the caller said someone would come round and collect his bank cards.

Around 30 minutes later, the suspect arrived at the victim’s address to collect his bank cards and reassured him that replacement cards were in the post for the following day.

The suspect subsequently withdrew £300 from an ATM outside Barclays Bank in Wallington. A further withdrawal of £1800 was made inside the branch at a second machine.

PC Lewis Stevens of Sutton Case Progression Unit said: “The suspect targeted an elderly man by convincing him that he worked for his bank.

“The victim soon realised that he had been the victim of a fraud, but by then it was too late.”

CCTV footage and a still image released by police show a man who police want to speak with in connection with this incident.

He is described as a black man, around 5ft 6inches tall and aged in his 30s. He wore a black baseball cap over short black hair, glasses, black coat and blue jeans. He wore light blue trainers and is seen in the bank with a small blue bag over his hip.

He arrived at the victim’s home in a large dark car.

Anyone who recognises the man pictured or has information concerning this incident is asked to call police in Sutton on 020 8649 0532.

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

For advice on how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud visit https://www.met.police.uk/advice-and-information/fraud

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