Cruel conman tricked OAP out of money

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A PENSIONER was conned out of a large sum of cash by a bogus workman who promised to carry out repairs to her roof.

The 86-year-old answered a call at her door in Prospect, Worksop, to a man who claimed her son had asked him to carry out work. He then drove her to two separate cashpoints to withdraw money, which she handed over.

The man said he would return the next morning to carry out the work, but has not been seen or heard from since.

Police have carried out house-to-house enquiries and are appealing to anyone with information about the conman to come forward.

Pc Jason Crofts said: “Unfortunately con artists often target the elderly and vulnerable to steal money or goods.

“If a caller claims to have been contacted on your behalf by a friend or a family member, please ensure you check with them first that this is true – don’t just take their word for it.

“Never risk your safety and property for the sake of taking a few moments to check someone’s identity. And never let anyone pressurise you into handing over cash – you are not being rude, you are being careful.”

The conman was white, in his mid 40s, medium build, with dark, straight jaw-length hair. He had a clean-shaven, plump face, spoke with a local accent, and drove a silver car. He struck between 11.50am and 12.30pm last Tuesday.