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Elderly Lenham couple scammed out of life savings by doorstep criminals posing as council employees

A couple in their 90s have been scammed out of their life savings by doorstep criminals posing as council employees.

Two men called at a house in Lenham on Wednesday and told the homeowner they were there to deal with some damp at the premises.

They convinced the man who answered the door to hand over his bank card and PIN in order to pay for the repairs, after which the men left.

Police are investigating. Stock image. (7819579)
Police are investigating. Stock image. (7819579)

The cash was subsequently taken from his account.

One of the men was wearing a black trousers, an anorak and a red peaked cap.

The other was described as having grey hair and wearing a brown and grey jumper.

District Commander, Chief Inspector Ray Quiller said: "We strongly urge householders to be careful about who they let into their homes and are asking residents to be alert for suspected rogue traders calling on elderly or vulnerable neighbours.

"Please don’t allow anyone you don’t know or were not expecting to enter your property and certainly do not hand them cash or your bank card for repairs or services.

"Don’t be afraid to ask them for identification and if you have any doubts about a caller at your door, ask them to leave and come back at a time convenient to you and when you've had a chance to ask someone to be with you."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the appeal line on 01622 604100, quoting crime reference 13-1422, or to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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