Elderly couple conned out of cash in Fareham

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HEARTLESS con artists tricked an elderly couple into handing over their bank cards before fleecing their account.

Police have launched an investigation in the hope of catching the crooks.

A man called the couple’s home and said he was from their bank and they would be sending a courier to collect their bank cards so that replacements could be sent.

The couple, aged 82 and 83, handed over the cards to a man that arrived on their doorstep in The Ridgeway, Fareham, a few minutes later, some time between 12pm and 1pm on Monday, January 19.

The thieves then took a large amount of cash from ATMs using the victims’ cards.

The man who collected the cards is described as; black, slim build, 5ft 7ins, with short dark hair, with a moustache and a goatee.

He was quietly spoken and wearing dark clothing.

PC Pierre Bertram said: ‘I am appealing for anyone with any information about this incident to come forward.

‘Did you see the offender in the area when he collected the cards? Have you received any similar calls?

‘You should never hand over you bank cards or pin numbers to anyone.

‘If you are ever contacted in this way, call your bank directly using a contact number that you have sourced yourself.

‘Also, when making the call, ensure you can hear the dialling tone so you know the previous caller has put the phone down.

‘If you are ever suspicious of a caller at your home or on the phone, call the police immediately.’

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Bertram at Fratton police station by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.