Warning After Man was Scammed in Eston

Police are warning members of the public after an 87-year-old man was scammed on Churchill Road in Eston.

The incident occurred at the beginning of August when a man approached the victim on the street and asked him to swap a £50 note for change as he needed the money to get a taxi.

The victim swapped the money and on Thursday 9th August, he tried to spend the £50 note to be told it was fake and he reported it to police.

Officers are warning members of the public to be vigilant about the scam and to not swap any money for £50 notes if you are approached to do so.

 The man responsible is described as being 18-years-old, of slim build and around 5 ft 8” tall and he has short dark hair which was swept over at the front. He spoke with a local accent and wore a white shirt and charcoal grey trousers.

Anyone who thinks that they have been a victim to a scam is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.