Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following an incident where an elderly woman was scammed out of £2,000 in Winchester.
The incident occurred at 2.36pm on Thursday, 4 June. The victim, who is in her 80s, was contacted by a man over the phone purporting to be a police officer.
The man purported to be a police officer from Hammersmith police. He explained that the police believed her bank account was being targeted and that £2,000 had been withdrawn from the victims account, and then shortly after re-deposited.
He encouraged the lady to visit her local branch – HSBC on Winchester High Street – and withdraw £2,000 in cash. The woman was coerced into providing the bank with an inaccurate rationale for needing such a large sum of money, suggesting the victim tell the bank teller that it was required for shopping and paying bills.
The woman withdrew the money from the bank and upon returning home she made contact with the man outside her home address. The victim handed over an envelope with £2,000 inside to the man.
We’re in a position to release a CCTV image of a man that we would like to speak to in connection with the incident.