Conman tries to trick elderly woman into believing her grandson had been arrested

Police are asking elderly residents to be wary of cold callers.
Police are asking elderly residents to be wary of cold callers.
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Police have warned elderly Northamptonshire residents to be wary of scam phone calls following a number of reports in the last few days.

In one incident, an elderly woman received a call from a man claiming to be a police officer. The man said he had arrested the woman’s grandson for trying to steal money from her account.

He then asked for the woman’s bank details so he could prevent any more money being taken out - but she refused.

The man then ordered the elderly lady to get a taxi to her bank- but she hung up on him.

Officers also received another report from an elderly woman who had a call from a man claiming she had to sell her house to cover care costs.

The caller said he would visit her that day to discuss the issue, but when the elderly woman said she had already spoken to police about suspicious calls, he hung up.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: “Officers investigating these incidents have advised people to be aware of such calls and never give out personal information to people who call them out of the blue.

“The police and banks will never ask for your PIN number or bank card over the phone and the police will never cold call you about a suspected offence. Police are asking any residents who receive a suspicious phone call to end them immediately and report the incident by calling 101.