Man, 94, tricked out of £300 by conman in Portsmouth

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A 94-YEAR-OLD man has been conned out of hundreds of pounds in a ‘despicable crime.’

The victim was duped by a man pretending to be a builder who approached him in Derby Road, North End, Portsmouth.

After a short conversation the conman followed him to his home where he tricked him into handing over £300 cash.

Det Con Andrew Larder, investigating, said: ‘This is a despicable crime, whereby a conman has targeted an elderly, vulnerable person.

‘I would advise home owners to always check the credentials of unknown callers and contact police immediately if they receive a suspicious caller or see any suspicious vehicles in the area.’

The conman struck between 9.30am and 11.30am on September 11. However police have only just released details.

The suspect is white, aged between 60 and 70 and 5ft 5/7 in tall with grey hair. He wore a blue baseball cap and grey jacket.

Residents in Bury Road have been appalled by the scam.

Peter Silvester, 40, and his girlfriend Dege Lindsay, 22, were themselves victims of a loan scam two years ago.

Ms Lindsay said: ‘It’s absolutely vile, if that was my grandparent I wouldn’t like it. Old people are very vulnerable.’

And a roofer working in Bury Road also condemned the conman.

Stuart McInnes, 46, said: ‘It’s really wrong, I don’t know how they sleep at night.

‘You should never take work from someone who approaches you or knocks the door.’

Call police on 101 with information.