Scam artist said he was from council

AN ELDERLY resident in Cramlington has been conned out of £100 by a man who claimed he was from the council.

A man knocked on the door of a house in Northumbrian Road around 3pm on Monday, August 8, and told the occupant that he was in the area carrying out work for the council.

The man requested £250 from the man and said he would be paid back by the council.

The man managed to get the occupant to hand over £100 in cash then left the property promising to return to carry out the work, but the con-man didn’t return.

He is described as being aged between 40 to 50 years old, around 5ft 10ins tall, with a wrinkled face. He was wearing a white T-shirt and light coloured trousers.

Officers have been carrying out house to house enquiries in the area and checking for CCTV which may have captured the man.

Cramlington neighbourhood acting inspector Mick Aspey said: “This is an extremely callous crime with the offender targeting an elderly vulnerable member of our community.

“These con men people can often seem very believable and use all sorts of stories to trick their way into people’s homes and either con them out of money or steal from them.

“The best advice is to never hand money over to someone who cold-calls at your home, and never let them inside.

“Anyone calling from an official organisation will happily wait or come back while you check their identification.

“I’d also appeal for the community to keep an eye on the most vulnerable and elderly. If you see anyone suspicious in areas where you know elderly people live then ring us and report it and we’ll investigate.”

Anyone concerned they have been the victim of a bogus caller or are faced with a dubious tradesman, should inform police on 03456 043043.