Appeal after fraud in Walker

07 Jan 2015 12:36 PM

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Police are appealing for information after a bogus caller incident in Newcastle.

It happened between 1pm and 1.30pm on Tuesday, December 16, when a man attended a house at Ivy Road in Newcastle and asked for £300 payment for work which he claimed had been carried out a number of years before.

The householder, a vulnerable elderly man, was confused and went out to withdraw the cash before returning home where the offender was waiting for the money. The victim handed over the cash and the man left the area.

It's believed the suspect could have been with up to two others and they were in a van.

Police have spoken to a number of people in the area and are appealing for anyone who officers have not yet spoken to to get in touch with police, in particular anyone who is aware of any similar incidents.

Officers are also reminding householders to be on their guard, never agree to work being done or hand over cash to people who cold call at your address.

Genuine callers will be more than happy to wait outside while you secure the door and verify their details. If in doubt or suspicious, call police straight away.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 1057 16/12/14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.