Cruel fraudsters trick elderly woman out of £75,000 life savings

The woman lost �75,000 in telephone fraud to scammers Picture: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCKPHOTO

The woman lost �75,000 in telephone fraud to scammers Picture: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCKPHOTO - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Police have urged Suffolk residents to be vigilant of telephone fraud after an elderly woman lost her life savings of £75,000 to fraudsters.

Bury St Edmunds police said a woman in her 80s, who lives in a nearby village, was duped into transferring a large sum of money by thieves posing as fraud department officers.

The victim was also persuaded into withdrawing cash, which was later collected by a female courier.

The money had been set aside to pay for the care of the woman's unwell husband.

Suffolk Constabulary were notified of the theft on Tuesday, March 10.


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Bury St Edmunds police said on Twitter: 'These offenders are the gutter of society.'

Police are urging residents not to hand over cash or cards, or any other bank details, to callers under similar circumstances.

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They have asked anyone who has received a similar call to contact Suffolk Constabulary, quoting reference 37/15013/20.

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