Pensioner duped into handing over £50,000

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HEARTLESS conmen fleeced a pensioner out of almost £50,000 after telling him they would carry out repairs to his home.

The 69-year-old, from Copnor, handed over the cash between the end of August and the end of September this year.

The victim was duped into handing over £46,500 after being told by the fraudsters their company offered a service that would strip the coating off the exterior of his house and renew it.

But police believe it was a fake firm created to help them convince people they were genuine.

Officers are advising the public to always check the identification of any unknown people attending their homes, even for pre-arranged visits.

Legitimate companies will have identification and police say if residents are in doubt, to shut them out, and call the company for confirmation.

Police are appealing to anyone who lives in Copnor who may have been approached by cold callers offering a similar service or who might have more information to contact Det Con Jackie Foley at Fratton Police Station by phoning 101.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.