TWO elderly people living just miles apart from each other were targeted by fraudsters on the same day, police say.

Both victims were scammed on Tuesday, March 12. They were called by someone who claimed to represent their bank.

In the first incident, a 90-year-old man from New Milton was told he due to receive a new bank card. He was then asked if he would like to continue using the PIN code from his current card.

During the course of the conversation, the victim gave out his PIN number.

A man then came to the man’s address and collected the current card and gave the victim two gift cards.

Some £500 was then withdrawn from the victim’s account.

A little while later, an 85-year-old Ringwood woman was conned in the same way. The fraudsters took a total of £1,190.

The man who collected her bank card was described as black, 5ft 11ins tall and of medium build. He had curly or wavy hair and was wearing a hi-vis jacket.

Police say they believe the incidents are linked.

A third incident was then reported on Thursday, March 14.

A 92-year-old man from South Wonston, which is on the outskirts of Winchester, received calls from someone claiming to be from his bank. He later handed over his card to someone who called at his home. This was used to withdraw £500.

Detectives are investigating to see if the third incident is also linked.

A spokesperson from Hampshire police said: "We would like to take this opportunity to remind people that banks will never ask to disclose your PIN number in this way.

"They will not send a courier to collect your old bank card either.

"If you get a call like this, please hang up and use a different line to report the incident via 101, or call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040."