Bogus cops trick East London pensioners out of £200,000
PUBLISHED: 08:01 13 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:42 05 October 2010
DETECTIVES have released images of suspects they want to quiz about a massive cash scam which has claimed £200,000 from pensioners across East London. The con involves taking debit cards from vulnerable pensioners by claiming they are investigating a fraud on their bank accounts and need their details and PIN codes
DETECTIVES have released images of suspects (above) they want to quiz about a massive cash scam which has claimed £200,000 from pensioners across East London.
They are appealing for public help to identify the suspects captured on CCTV.
So far 12 people have been arrested in connection with the con, which involves taking debit cards from vulnerable pensioners by claiming they are investigating a fraud on their bank accounts and need their details and PIN codes.
The tricksters gain their confidence on the phone, before turning up at their address in plain clothes’ to collect their bank card, telling the unsuspecting victim they need to “run the card through a machine at Scotland Yard” to identify the fraudster.
Victims are advised not to speak to anyone about it as it would “jeopardise the investigation.”
Officers are currently investigating 72 linked offences across East London. Incidents have also been reported in Essex, north London and Surrey.
An 88-year-old woman had £12,000 stolen from her account over 10 days. Another victim was fleeced when £25,000 was withdrawn. Three more victims were relieved’ of £70,000.
“These cowardly offences are against the most frail and vulnerable people in our communities,” said Det Chief Ins Chris Krelle. “We appeal to anyone who recognises these faces to call us.”
They are urging anyone with information to contact the incident room on 01708-779283, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.
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