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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Police warning as Cumbrian pensioner ‘conned’ out of cash

A PENSIONER is believed to have been conned out of £120 cash.

A man knocked on the victim’s door in Great Salkeld, near Penrith, at about 10.45am yesterday, claiming to have parcels which were due to be delivered to neighbours.

The fraudster told the homeowner the parcels contained clothes, and asked to leave them at that address. He then demanded £120 cash to pay for the items.

The pensioner later contacted the neighbour and discovered they were not expecting any items.

Police said the clothes were of “poor quality” and therefore believe the incident was an elaborate con.

The suspect is described as a man of Indian descent, with black hair and wearing glasses.

He drove off in a black saloon car.

A spokesman for Cumbrian Police said: “We would remind the community to be guarded against unknown couriers and not to hand over money if at all possible without checking identification.”

He added that most companies will not demand payment on delivery, as items should already have been paid for, and that any postage costs would normally “not be excessive”.

Anyone with information about this incident or the conman is urged to contact PC Richard Harrison at Penrith police station by calling 101.

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