Surrey

Vulnerable Woking man conned out of £1,800 in cash

A vulnerable man has been conned out of £1,800 after being duped by a woman who claimed to be from "an organisation which helped people".

The bogus caller visited the man's flat several times and took him to banks in Guildford, Woking and Weybridge, where he withdrew cash and gave it to her.

When she first visited him in Woking on 20 September, he handed over £500.

Surrey Police said the woman collected the rest of the cash by making more visits over the following days.

'Asked for paperwork'

Appealing for information, Det Insp Karen Hughes said the bogus caller operated with "complete callousness and cruelty".

She said the victim first answered the door to the suspect at about 1430 BST on 20 September, when the woman asked if he had any money which she could put away for him.

The woman asked for paperwork showing his identification and then asked him to withdraw money from his savings bank in Woking town centre. The victim walked into Woking, withdrew £500 and handed it to her.

Over the next few days, the bogus caller returned to take him to other branches of the same bank in Guildford and Weybridge.

The suspect was described as a woman of Chinese appearance with a small build, about 5ft 4in, aged between 30 and 40, with dark brown hair in a short bob.

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