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Bogus caller warning after pensioner targeted

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:59 05 October 2010

COPS have issued safety advice after a bogus caller conned his way into a pensioner s home. The would-be burglar tricked the 85-year-old woman into letting him into her home off Old Ford Road in Bethnal Green around 2.20pm on Saturday afternoon, claiming

COPS have issued safety advice after a bogus caller conned his way into a pensioner's home.

The would-be burglar tricked the 85-year-old woman into letting him into her home off Old Ford Road in Bethnal Green around 2.20pm on Saturday afternoon, claiming to be a workman working on a downstairs flat.

But the woman became suspicious and the bogus caller was disturbed and left when a neighbour came to check on her.

The neighbour later saw the suspect, who is described as a white man aged around 25, walking along Bonner Road.

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact Det Con Pamela Whitwell in the burglary squad on 020 8217 3772 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Officers have issued crime prevention advice following the attempted burglary and are advising people to fit chains and spy holes to their front doors, check identification carefully and telephone the company callers claim to be from if they are unsure whether they are genuine.

Utilities companies now offer a password identification system and callers should be able to give a pre-arranged password as additional proof of identity.

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