Fraudsters net $16,000
A fake police detective scam targeting elderly Auckland women has so far netted $16,000.
Police have revealed the cash amounts taken from five women targeted in Onehunga and Papatoetoe in the past two months.
One woman, aged in her 90s, had $10,000 removed from her account by the scammer.
lost $4000, while in other cases $1200 and $800 were taken.
Senior sergeant Hirone Waretini says the amounts stolen are very significant to the women involved.
“For a pensioner living on their own, $10,000 is an enormous amount of money,” he says.
Police are hunting two possible fraudsters posing as a police fraud detective.
The offenders target elderly women liv- ing alone, using details of previous frauds the women have been victim of.
They have been approached at home by a phony detective claiming to be investigating the crime.
The victims were asked for their bank card or credit card and pressured into revealing their PINs.
During the visit the bank cards are stolen and money later withdrawn from accounts.
Differing descriptions of the offender has led police to believe more than one man is involved in the scam.
One offender was described as aged between 20 and 30, of medium build with wavy black hair.
Other victims have described a man in his 40s, of solid build, with shoulder length tidy hair.
Mr Waretini urges elderly women living alone to be vigilant.