Swansea pensioner conned out of thousands of pounds in phone scam
POLICE are appealing for information after an 82-year-old Swansea woman was conned out of thousands of pounds of savings in a phone scam.
The victim transferred the money from her bank to another account after being called at home — the fraudsters then quickly emptied the second account and took the cash.
That incident was followed by a visit to the woman’s house on Wednesday morning by a man wanting to collect more money — but he left after being challenged by the woman’s son.
South Wales Police detective constable Anthony Evans of Swansea CID said: “We are carrying out enquiries in relation to this matter with the bank’s fraud unit in order to identify those responsible.
“We take this opportunity to remind residents to never carry out financial business with cold callers and to contact your bank if you have any concerns.”
Police said the people who phoned the victim and persuaded her to transfer the cash spoke with Scottish accents.
And officers have released a description of a man they want to talk to about the subsequent visit to her Catherine Street home — he is described as being of an “Asian / Arab appearance”, aged 23 or 24, around 5ft 8in tall, and with black wavy hair and side burns. He was wearing a blue hooded coat, black trousers and black shoes, and was carrying a gold coloured iPhone. It is believed he spoke with a local accent.
Police are appealing to anyone who saw the man in Catherine Street or nearby Bryn-y-mor Road at around 9am on Wednesday — or anyone who has been contacted in similar circumstances — to come forward.
Can you help? Call South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111