Surrey

Woking pensioner conned by bogus banker

A Surrey pensioner has had thousands of pounds stolen from his account after being conned by a bogus bank employee.

The 79-year-old victim from Woking was phoned on Wednesday by a man claiming to be a manager at a bank in Knaphill.

He was asked for his personal details, including his Pin number, and was told that a courier would be sent to collect his old bank card.

The card was then used to withdraw £3,500 from cash points in the Croydon and Crystal Palace areas of London.

The suspect courier was described as 6ft (1.8m) tall, black, between 26 and 28 years old, and of medium build.

He had long black hair and a beard and was wearing motorcycle clothing.

Insp John Davies, of Surrey Police, said: "I would urge householders never to give out bank details or other personal information over the phone, whatever the reason behind the request.

"Banks would never operate in this way either by phoning or turning up out of the blue."

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