Police Issue Warning After Fraudsters Target Elderly Victim in Hardwick
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Officers are warning members of the public to be vigilant following reports of a man and a teenage male (aged around 14) knocking on people’s doors and asking to carry out handywork at properties.
A property in Hardwick, Stockton has been targeted at the end of October and this month.
The fraudsters targeted a resident who is aged in their 70s and offered to fix items at the property in exchange for cash.
When the resident claimed they had no cash, the fraudsters persuaded the victim to hand over a bank card for them to withdraw the cash.
Transactions amounting to hundreds of pounds were taken without the victim’s consent on six occasions. The money taken was not the agreed price which had been discussed.
Police are warning the public to be vigilant in a bid to prevent people from becoming victim to further fraudulent scams.
If unexpected workmen knock on your door and you are suspicious, ask them for ID and what company they work for and call the company before you agree to anything with them. Genuine companies will understand the concerns.
Anyone with information regarding the man and the teenager is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101 quoting 096676.