Fraud­sters net $16,000

Central Leader - - News - By Heather McCracken

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.

An 88-year-old

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.

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