A PENSIONER lost £10,000 after being targeted by a conman pretending to be a police officer.
The 90-year-old from Lee-on-the-Solent got a call from a man saying he was an officer from the Metropolitan Police.
He was told a man had been arrested and to safeguard the cash by transferring it into a police account.
The victim went to his bank and sent the money.
Hampshire police said the man has been left extremely shaken.
It comes after two separate incidents where elderly people in the area have been pressured to send money.
In those cases the caller pretended to be from the bank’s fraud department.
Inspector Beth Pirie said: ‘This is a despicable crime targeting vulnerable people.
‘We want to warn residents that these requests are not genuine and that no police officer or bank would operate in this manner.
‘Anyone who receives a suspicious call is urged not to give any details to the caller and report the matter to the police immediately.’
The scam sees victims told to hang up their phone and call back to check the caller’s identity.
But the fraudster doesn’t hang up the phone and is able to talk to the victim again.
Hampshire police is warning people not to give bank details over the phone.
The force said ask for an identification number and police force if someone calls to pretending to be an officer.