Two fraudsters involved
Police are now hunting two fraudsters thought to be involved in the fake detective scam targeting elderly women.
An 83-year-old woman from Papatoetoe has been identified as the fifth known victim.
The phony cop stole $1200 from the woman’s account after stealing her bank card while pretending to investigate an earlier crime.
Senior sergeant Hirone Waretini says the incident matches other reports, but the offend- er’s description is different.
“Given the variation in description of the suspect we may be looking at more than one person,” he says.
The Papatoetoe woman received a phone call on April 18 from a man claiming to be a police fraud squad investigator.
He had details of a previous crime where her bank card had been stolen and money withdrawn from her account.
The man then came to the woman’s house and asked for details about her bank account numbers.
He asked to photograph her bank card and was told the PIN.
Mr Waretini says the woman became suspicious a few hours later when she noticed her card was missing.
“She contacted her bank and found $1200 had been withdrawn.”
The offender is described as caucasian, aged between 20 and 30, of medium build with black wavy hair.
Other victims have described the scammer as aged in his 40s, of solid build, with shoulder length tidy hair.
So far four Onehunga women, all aged in their 80s and 90s, are known to have been targeted.
In one case $4000 was withdrawn from an 88-year-old woman’s bank account after she revealed her PIN to the fake detective.
“We now know the activities aren’t restricted to Onehunga,” Mr Waretini says.
“We would urge anyone that’s in the same situation to come forward and make contact with us, or their local police.”
He says anyone with an elderly relative who has had a bank card or credit card stolen in the past should be extra vigilant.