A pensioner has told how he handed over £200 after being targeted by two ‘tricksters’ in a supermarket car park.
Police have arrested two men on suspicion of attempted robbery after the incident, which took place at Morrisons, in Whitburn Road, Sunderland.
I just trusted them, and I am certainly a wiser man now.84-year-old man, who did not wish to be named
The 84-year-old told the Echo he was approached by two men in a car who claimed they needed money for petrol, but after he handed over £200, they made off without taking his details.
The pensioner, who did not wish to be named, said: “They said their bank card had been rejected and they didn’t have the money for petrol, and I stupidly went to the cash point, got £200 out and gave it to the tricksters.
“They said they would take down my name and address and post the money to me, but they made off without taking my details.
“I’m 84, so I have some excuse, but not too much. I just felt so daft. I just trusted them, and I am certainly a wiser man now. I don’t think you can trust anyone now.”
A police spokesperson said: “At 12.28pm on Saturday, May 9, police received a report of concern for an elderly man at Morrisons supermarket car park in Whitburn Road, Sunderland. Officers attended and found an elderly man had been approached by two men asking to borrow money. A substantial amount of money was handed over to the men before they made off.
“Officers carried out inquiries, and two men, aged 51 and 25, were arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery, and have been bailed pending further inquiries.”
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 0507 09/05/15.