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The victim received a telephone call at around 7pm on Thursday, 23 April from a man claiming to be police officer from a London station. The caller claimed that a man was in custody suspected of using the victim’s credit cards and urged her to collect all her cash, bank cards and valuables before putting them in a bag for a courier to collect.
Later that evening a man arrived at the property in a taxi and collected the bagged items before leaving the scene on foot. Officers believe the taxi driver who bought the man to the victim’s property may not have realised what was happening and are appealing for him to come forward. If he would like to provide information anonymously this can be done through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The suspect is described as black, in his late teens and of slim build.
PC Jen Bilton, said: “Crimes of this nature where offenders target elderly or vulnerable people are simply inexcusable and I would like to take this opportunity to remind people to help us spread the message about these offences.
“Unfortunately, fraudsters often purport to be police officers and are therefore extremely convincing to their victims. They often feel ashamed or embarrassed about falling for these scams and they shouldn’t.
“I ask all victims to report such offences to Surrey Police as we need to catch these criminals.”
Officers are releasing images of a number of items of jewellery which were taken during the offence and they would like to hear from anyone who has seen or been offered these items for sale. Enquiries are being carried out at pawn brokers and other second hand shops where jewellery is bought/sold as part of the investigation.
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Anyone who can assist officers with their investigation is urged to contact Surrey Police quoting reference 45150033641. Information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.