Scam warning after pensioner was duped into handing over cash

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Police are warning people to be vigilant after a man attempted to gain access to an elderly woman's bank account.

A man, described as well-dressed, tall and of a slim build, attended an address on Hazelgrove, Seaton, and claimed he was there to fix the owners's iPad.

The woman, in her 70s, let him in.

He tried to gain access to her bank account but failed.

The man then asked her for £60 for fixing the device, which the woman handed to him and he then left.

Cumbria police said no one had been arrested and enquiries were ongoing.

A police spokesman said: "Keep your front and back doors locked even when you are at home.

"Before you answer, stop and think whether you are expecting anyone.

"Check you have locked the back door and taken the key out. Look through a spy hole or window to see who the caller is.

"If you decide to open the door, put the chain or door bar on first, if you have one.

"Keep the chain or bar on while you are talking to the caller.

"Look at their clothing. Some official callers will have a uniform bearing their organisation name or logo.

"Even if the caller has a prearranged appointment with you, check their identification card carefully.

"Close the door while you do this. If you are still unsure, call the company concerned to verify their representative's identity. If you're still not sure ask the caller to come back later when someone is with you.

"If you suspect someone may be attempting to commit an offence call 101 or 999 if the crime is in progress or it is an emergency."

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