August 27, 2014
Police in Camden are urging the elderly to be extra vigilant after an 83-year-old man was conned into handing over money to a man claiming to be a workman.
Around August 14, the victim was at his home address in Shirlock Road, NW2 when he received a call regarding maintenance to his boiler and an appointment was made.
A man attended the address the next day to check the boiler. A cheque was taken from the victim’s cheque book and later cashed.
A few days later, a man claiming to be a police officer attended the victim’s address claiming money had been stolen. The man took the victim to a bank in Camden and Kentish Town where he has withdrawn a large amount of money.
The victim’s bank card was also stolen and used. The suspect has been described as an Asian man and no arrests have yet been made as enquiries continue.
DC Sham Razzak from Camden CID said: “Fraudsters come in many guises, are extremely clever and convincing and use various tactics to get you to part with your cash. They are unscrupulous and target the elderly and most vulnerable people in our community. If you know who this man is call police on 101”
Camden police officer the below advice:
- Ask callers for proof of identity.
- Genuine tradesmen should carry an identification card with their photograph on. Check this carefully. If you are unsure, telephone the company the caller claims to represent.
- The Utilities now offer a password identification system. Any caller from one of these companies should be able to give a pre-arranged password as additional proof of identity.
- If you are not convinced of the identity of the caller, don’t let them in. Ask the caller to come back later and arrange for a friend, relative or neighbour to be present on their return or ask the caller to contact this person.
Treat every stranger with caution. If you are worried, dial 999 immediately and ask for the police.