Published: 13:00, 17 July 2017 |
Updated: 13:09, 17 July 2017
Two men posing as police officers stole a large quantity of cash from an elderly woman after convincing her that her husband had been arrested for handing counterfeit money.
Having been flashed a black folded card which appeared to be identification, the woman let them into her house in Hall Road, Dartford, last Thursday morning.
The men, described as white and aged in their late 40s to early 50s, had told her that her husband was in a police car parked around the corner.
Both followed the woman upstairs and pressured her into handing over the cash, after which they left claiming that her husband would be getting hot inside the car.
Police are investigating the incident and are appealing for information.
One of the suspects had dark hair and was wearing dark rimmed glasses and rubber gloves, the other was of a large build, with balding hair.
Both were wearing black trousers and white shirts.
Anyone with information can call police on 01634 792209, quoting reference 13-0401, or Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Police are also urging members of the public to be vigilant to similar incidents.
Acting Inspector David Crompton of Dartford’s Community Safety Unit said: "While most people who call at our homes are genuine, unfortunately there are some who lie about their identity in order to trick their way inside in order to steal valuables and money.
"Please be wary about allowing strangers into your property when there is any doubt as to who they are.
"Remember that if Kent Police officers do visit, they will often be in uniform, will always carry identification and will be more than happy for people to call 101 to check they are who they claim to be.
"Remember also that people from water, gas and electricity companies also rarely visit without appointments.
"Do not let anyone in who does not have an appointment or genuine, verified ID."
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