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89-year-old woman targeted by fraudster posing as police officer
BANK cards and jewellery were taken from an 89-year-old woman who fell victim to fraud after a telephone caller posing as a police officer obtained her banking details.
Police have today released an e-fit of a man they want to speak to in connection with the fraud, which took place in the Hambleden area.
The victim received a phone call around midnight on September 15, during which the caller identified himself as a police officer from the Metropolitan Police.
The caller told the victim that her bank details had been obtained by criminals and advised her to hang up and call her bank.
The victim did this, but unknown to her the offender had not disconnected the call meaning she continued to speak to the offender.
Believing that she was speaking to her bank, the victim provided her bank details.
The caller then persuaded the victim to put her three bank cards and some jewellery in an envelope.
The caller kept the victim on the phone while a man then attended her address in Hambleden to collect the envelope.
The bank cards were then used the same day, September 15, in the Henley area .
The man who collected the bank cards and jewellery is described as white, of slim build, about 5ft 8ins tall, in his mid-twenties, with short dark hair. He was dressed in a dark suit and is pictured in the e-fit.
If you recognise the man in the e-fit or the jewellery stolen, or have any other information about this matter, please contact PC David Cannon via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org If you believe you have been a victim of a similar offence, please contact the police.
Police say if you receive a call which you suspect is not genuine and they ask you to call your bank make sure that after you hang up, you hear a dialing tone before contacting the police, or use a mobile phone if appropriate.
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