Pensioner targeted by bogus callers

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AN elderly woman in Seaton Burn has been targeted by bogus callers.

Two men claiming to be from the water board called at the home of the woman, aged in her 80s, at 9.45am a week ago yesterday.

The pensioner was fooled by their claims and let them into her home, just off Front Street, but later realised she had been tricked after discovering that a purse containing cash had been stolen from a bedroom.

Police are now warning other residents to be vigilant.

Superintendent Mick Paterson, pictured, of the police’s Northumberland area command, added: “It’s vital that residents, particularly the elderly, have the relevant crime prevention advice.

“They should never let anyone who cold-calls at their home in, always check identification with the company and, if in any doubt at all, contact the police.

“All legitimate workmen associated with utility or other companies will be more than happy to prove their credentials.

“We’d also ask that people watch out for their elderly relatives and neighbours.”

Anyone with information on the Seaton Burn theft is asked to call police on 101 ext 69191.