'Shrewd' bank staff thwart attempt by rogue traders to con elderly women out of thousands

'Shrewd' bank staff thwart attempt by rogue traders to con elderly women out of thousands

'Shrewd' bank staff thwart attempt by rogue traders to con elderly women out of thousands

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SHREWD bank staff have thwarted attempts by rogue traders to con two elderly women out of thousands of pounds.

Bank staff became suspicious after a woman in her 80s attempted to draw £5,000 from her local branch to pay workmen, who had initially come around to cut her lawn.

After the pensioner, from Kennart Road, Creekmoor, Poole, explained the money was for workmen who'd told her she needed to pay cash to have her lawn paved, the bank stopped the transaction and notified police.

The following day, between 9-11am, at an address in Emerson Road, Poole, another woman, in her 70s, was visited by a man who told her she needed to pay him £4,000 cash to fix her roof. After attending her local branch staff persuaded her not to make the withdrawal.

Dorset Police are now treating both incidents as suspected fraud and have launched investigations.

They're also appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Constable Lee Emery, of Bournemouth and Poole CID , said: “It was fortunate that the staff at both banks were alert and the women did not lose any money.

“We do not have any descriptions or any more information, therefore, I am appealing to anyone who may have been a victim of a similar crime or has any concerns about suspicious activity in their area to come forward.”

Neither victim had arranged for work to be carried out on their properties nor had any work carried out.

Det Con Emery said: “I am keen to speak to anyone who has information that can assist with the investigation.

“I urge all residents to not pay for building work that has not been completed and if paying with cash, to ask to see a written invoice.

“Always check the identity of the person requesting payment before handing over any money and obtain a receipt.”

The woman in her eighties was approached at her Kennart Road address around 1pm on Friday, August 1. The Emerson Road incident happened on Saturday, August 2.

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2:14pm Fri 8 Aug 14

60plus says...

Travellers got to pay for their Holliday somehow,
Travellers got to pay for their Holliday somehow, 60plus
  • Score: 9

2:27pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Quakers2 says...

Pop along to Creekmoor for some suspects.
Pop along to Creekmoor for some suspects. Quakers2
  • Score: 15

2:32pm Fri 8 Aug 14

bosco1 says...

Well done to the bank staff for being so alert. I recall a year or so ago a pensioner in front of me asking for counter cheques from her account, she needed about 5 cheques payable to different people. She had envelopes already stamped ready to put the cheques into and post. The cashier asked the customer questions etc but she was determined to have and send these cheques of to people who said she had won prizes etc. The cashier did her utmost to check it was genuine to no avail.After the customer had left I thought like the cashier this does not sound good,but it is the customers money after all . Whilst I would have liked to help the cashier and the customer , I to may have got a reply "Mind your own Business" which would be fair enough. Lets hope our older generation dont get caught out to often.!!
Well done to the bank staff for being so alert. I recall a year or so ago a pensioner in front of me asking for counter cheques from her account, she needed about 5 cheques payable to different people. She had envelopes already stamped ready to put the cheques into and post. The cashier asked the customer questions etc but she was determined to have and send these cheques of to people who said she had won prizes etc. The cashier did her utmost to check it was genuine to no avail.After the customer had left I thought like the cashier this does not sound good,but it is the customers money after all . Whilst I would have liked to help the cashier and the customer , I to may have got a reply "Mind your own Business" which would be fair enough. Lets hope our older generation dont get caught out to often.!! bosco1
  • Score: 16

3:40pm Fri 8 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

It seems they can magically vanish....pooooof!
It seems they can magically vanish....pooooof! BIGTONE
  • Score: 5

5:22pm Fri 8 Aug 14

ShuttleX says...

I would be interested to know what the Police will actually do if they find these rogue traders are indeed so called Travellers? I suspect absolutely nothing. The Police are to chicken to go into these "camps" in case somebody complains about their Human Rights. Putin in an idiot, but his way of dealing with things like this is something we can learn from. Enough of all this pussyfooting around rubbish. If they won't move, then crush their caravans. Extreme may be, but certainly effective.
I would be interested to know what the Police will actually do if they find these rogue traders are indeed so called Travellers? I suspect absolutely nothing. The Police are to chicken to go into these "camps" in case somebody complains about their Human Rights. Putin in an idiot, but his way of dealing with things like this is something we can learn from. Enough of all this pussyfooting around rubbish. If they won't move, then crush their caravans. Extreme may be, but certainly effective. ShuttleX
  • Score: 4

5:22pm Fri 8 Aug 14

ShuttleX says...

I would be interested to know what the Police will actually do if they find these rogue traders are indeed so called Travellers? I suspect absolutely nothing. The Police are to chicken to go into these "camps" in case somebody complains about their Human Rights. Putin in an idiot, but his way of dealing with things like this is something we can learn from. Enough of all this pussyfooting around rubbish. If they won't move, then crush their caravans. Extreme may be, but certainly effective.
I would be interested to know what the Police will actually do if they find these rogue traders are indeed so called Travellers? I suspect absolutely nothing. The Police are to chicken to go into these "camps" in case somebody complains about their Human Rights. Putin in an idiot, but his way of dealing with things like this is something we can learn from. Enough of all this pussyfooting around rubbish. If they won't move, then crush their caravans. Extreme may be, but certainly effective. ShuttleX
  • Score: 0

6:11pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Pasiphae says...

Well done to the bank staff, how nice to hear of true customer service and care :)
Well done to the bank staff, how nice to hear of true customer service and care :) Pasiphae
  • Score: 14

6:44pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Bob Bournemouth says...

The trouble is, if you ask questions you get told it's none of your business, so what do you do if someone insists on having the cash.A few years ago I managed to stop an elderly customer handing over all her savings to a rogue who disappeared when he realised she wasn't coming out of the bank and just before the police arrived. Anyway, don't get people to do work just because they knocked at your door - do some research on them first.
The trouble is, if you ask questions you get told it's none of your business, so what do you do if someone insists on having the cash.A few years ago I managed to stop an elderly customer handing over all her savings to a rogue who disappeared when he realised she wasn't coming out of the bank and just before the police arrived. Anyway, don't get people to do work just because they knocked at your door - do some research on them first. Bob Bournemouth
  • Score: 6

8:43pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Gingertree says...

Don't suppose by any chance they had Irish accents
Don't suppose by any chance they had Irish accents Gingertree
  • Score: 2

4:06pm Sat 9 Aug 14

wilkiemini says...

I see this all the time with my elderly friends....one lady had somebody knock on the door and he would not leave until she sold him some of her jewellery for a couple of hundred pounds.....it was worth thousands! Thieving bastards preying on the vulnerable .....let's hope karma bites them on the arse!
I see this all the time with my elderly friends....one lady had somebody knock on the door and he would not leave until she sold him some of her jewellery for a couple of hundred pounds.....it was worth thousands! Thieving bastards preying on the vulnerable .....let's hope karma bites them on the arse! wilkiemini
  • Score: 1

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