Plea to cut off phone con artists after Seaham pensioner targeted

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SCAMMERS attempted to trick an elderly woman out of cash in a phone sting.

The Seaham woman was called today by someone claiming she had won money, but in order to receive it, she would need to take personal documents, including a passport, with her and be accompanied by a courier to a bank.

There, she would need to withdraw £270 in order for the funds to be released.

After agreeing, she put down the phone and alerted police.

Officers say the incident is an example of how thousands of people can lose money, and in some cases their life savings, to telephone scams.

A Durham Constabulary spokesman said: “Scammers will say anything to cheat people out of money.

“They may claim to work for a company your trust – they will do anything to convince you.

“Their approach is very friendly and familiar calling you by your first name, making small talk and asking about your family.

“They may claim to work for a company your trust – they will do anything to convince you.

“Please be aware and make your friends and family aware these people are rogues and need to be avoided.”

If you have any information on this please call Durham Police on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.