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Appeal to trace courier fraud suspect

News   •   Jan 28, 2018 06:11 GMT

[Image: CCTV still of man sought]

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man in his 80s was conned out of over £2,500 in a cruel courier fraud.

The victim was phoned at approximately on 17 November 2017 by a man using a withheld number who claimed to be from Hammersmith Police.

He told the victim that fraudulent activity had been discovered on his credit and debit cards.

During a lengthy phone call, the suspect tried to persuade the victim to go to Tower Hill to withdraw £4,000.

The victim refused, but was persuaded to hand over his PIN details and security information. He was told a courier would attend his home, at an address in Bermondsey, to collect his cards.

The cards were collected at around 15:00hrs that day, and later used to make purchases totalling more than £2,500 at shops in east London.

Detectives from Walworth CID are investigating. No arrests have been made.

Police have released a CCTV image of a suspect who attended the victim's house pretending to be a courier. He is described as an Asian male, aged between 25 and 35 years, with a black beard. He was wearing a black anorak.

Anyone who can identify the man in the CCTV image - in addition to any witnesses or anyone with information that may assist police - is asked to call Walworth CID on 101 or via Twitter @MetCC.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.