December 6 2013 Latest news:
Ramzy Alwakeel, Reporter
Friday, August 23, 2013
Police are hunting cruel tricksters who conned a 61-year-old woman out of £2,500 and tried to steal an 86-year-old’s bank details.
A man posing as a police officer phoned the 61-year-old on Tuesday and said someone had been stopped in Selfridge’s trying to use her bank card. He added he was sending a taxi to collect the card from her Sheila Road address and take it to the police station.
Trusting the man, she handed the card over to the taxi driver – who may not have known he was being involved in a crime. When she became suspicious and phoned the police, she discovered there was no sergeant with the badge number – 6734 – given to her. She then found the cash had been taken from her account.
The crooks struck again the next day, targeting the older woman in Myrtle Road in the same way - but this time the taxi driver who had been asked to collect the card became suspicious and phoned the police.
Police are urging residents to beware unsolicited phone calls, and never to give out their bank details over the phone.
A 41-year-old man has been stabbed at an address in Harold Hill.