Elderly woman conned into handing over credit cards after scammer pretends to be police

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He called up claiming her cards had been cloned, and sent a taxi to collect them 'as part of their inquiries.'

Police have issued a warning after an elderly woman was conned into handing over her credit cards.

On Wednesday, April 3, at about 10pm, the 80-year-old answered her phone to a man claiming he was a police officer.

He said her credit cards had been cloned and that police would need to collect them from her as part of their inquiries.

The con artist then sent a taxi to her home on Kings Road, Ashton-Under-Lyne, to collect them.

She handed over the package with her cards in but later became suspicious and reported the incident to the police.

Chief Superintendent John O’Hare said: “This is a very concerning incident and one that has left this woman scared and confused.

“We want to make the public aware of this scam and ask people to let their friends, relatives and neighbours know.

“We would never send a taxi to your home address to collect personal documents including credit cards.

“If you are called by someone claiming to be a police officer and you are concerned or suspicious, take their details including name and collar number and call police on 101 to verify their details.

“If you believe your credit card has been cloned or stolen – call your bank straight away.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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