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Cumbria scam victim conned out of £1,100

A 75-year-old man from Cumbria has been conned out of £1,100, police said.

The man from Workington was promised £5,000 in overpaid mortgage payments by scammers who said they needed to charge an "administration fee".

After being asked for a fourth instalment of money by the fraudsters the victim contacted Cumbria police.

Police are warning people to be vigilant against calls from companies offering to repay bank charges or mortgage protection payments for a fee.

Det Con Jim Rooney said: "The victim is very upset after losing such a large amount of money.

"The men who called him claimed to be called Thomas King, Mike Douglas and Paul King and gave him a number with an 0208 dialling code to contact.

"After the victim reported the matter, we attended his house in a bid to catch the offenders out. I spoke to the fraudsters personally, and they continued with their charade, claiming that they were working from a fake address, which turned out to be the local post office.

"These fraudsters specifically target vulnerable and elderly people, so we want people to be vigilant against calls from companies offering to repay bank charges or mortgage protection payments for a fee."

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