Lincolnshire

Grantham woman, 92, loses £23,000 in phone scam

A 92-year-old woman has been scammed out of £23,000 after she was conned by a man posing as a Barclays Bank worker.

The woman, from Grantham, was told the bank was investigating her account and gave her the details of a different account to transfer the money to.

Lincolnshire Police said the incident had been referred to Action Fraud.

Urging people to look after elderly relatives, the force said: "These despicable criminals will take their life savings without a second thought."

A police spokesman said: "This type of offence is becoming increasingly common.

"Fraudsters make multiple calls, often claiming to be from a bank or that they are police officers, until they latch onto an elderly or vulnerable potential victim.

"They work from a script and can be very plausible and persuasive.

"Please be aware that no bank, building society, financial organisation, public body or the police will ever contact you in this way, or ask you to transfer funds or reveal account numbers, passwords or PIN numbers."

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