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Elderly Watford man conned out of £5,000 in phone scam
An elderly man has been conned out of thousands of pounds in a phone scam.
The Watford victim, who is in his 70s, was scammed out of £5,000 after he received a phone call on Thursday, September 26.
Hertfordshire Constabulary say the victim was called and told that his bank cards had been cloned and he needed to call police.
He hung up and called 999 where he spoke to a man claiming to be a police officer.
Following this call, the man who had originally phoned the victim phoned him again stating £5,000 had been paid into his account and that he needed to withdraw it for a courier to collect it.
That evening a courier arrived and the victim handed over the money.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Steve Mason, said: "I would urge anyone who receives a call like this to hang up immediately and contact police using either a mobile phone or asking your neighbour to make the call.
"This is because the original caller doesn’t hang up the phone and remains on the line claiming to be the police.
"I would also urge people to share this information with their elderly relatives or neighbours so they are aware."
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