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Warning to elderly residents after two people in Lichfield are conned out of £20,000

Two people in Lichfield have been scammed out of £20,000.

Fraudsters claiming to be police officers called the victims and persuaded them to withdraw cash before handing them over to a fake courier who visited their homes.

Staffordshire Police say the conmen have also unsuccessfully attempted to persuade other locals to hand over money in the same way.

A spokesperson for the force said: “The victims each received a phone call from a fraudster who told them they were speaking to a police officer and that they needed them to assist in an investigation. The caller provided a collar number and stated which constabulary they were calling from – which made the call more believable.

“As well as the two cases where the fraudsters have been successful, there have been other unsuccessful attempts to extort money from people in the Staffordshire area using the same tactics.

“We are urging family members, friends and neighbours of elderly people to make them aware of this scam to prevent others from becoming victims.”

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