Bodmin woman, 95, robbed by bank card conman

A 95-year-old woman from Cornwall has had £2,000 stolen from her back account after a conman persuaded her to "swap" her real debit card for a fake one.

The conman phoned the woman from Bodmin and told her the bank was issuing new cards. He then visited her home, made the exchange and withdrew the money.

Another 82-year-old woman from Truro refused to part with her card and contacted Devon and Cornwall Police.

The man is described as in his 50s, short and stocky with short brown hair.

He was wearing a blue two-piece workman's overall and carrying a clipboard.

"This is a callous crime by an offender who appears to be targeting elderly vulnerable people," Det Con Rebecca Ellis said.

She urged people to be on their guard and said bank details or personal information should never be given to anyone without proper identification.

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