Bogus caller tricks another Doncaster pensioner

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Another Doncaster pensioner has fallen victim to a bogus caller, with police repeating their warning: If you’re not sure, don’t open the door.

A man called at a house on Stonehill Rise in Scawthorpe on Friday morning, claiming to be from the gas board and was let into the property by the 92-year-old woman occupant.

The man looked under the pensioner’s sink and then went upstairs, leaving the woman in her living room. The woman heard banging and went to investigate before the man ushered her back downstairs.

She later found a quantity of cash was missing.

Supt Eddie Murphy said: “Targeting vulnerable, elderly members of the community in their own home and duping them for their valuables is disgusting and won’t be tolerated by police.

“At this stage we do not believe the offence is linked to similar incidents in Hexthorpe, Balby and Barnsley this week but our message remains the same. If someone turns up at your door unannounced then don’t let them enter. Genuine callers will make appointments and will be happy for you to check their identification.

“I urge sons, daughters, grandchildren to regularly check on their elderly relatives to make sure they’re safe and to enforce our message to not open the door to strangers and to keep valuables secure.”

Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 323 of Friday 25 April, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.