South West Wales

Cold call fraud warning after Swansea woman, 82, falls victim

Police have issued a warning after an 82-year-old woman was cold called and persuaded to transfer thousands of pounds from her bank account.

The woman had phone calls from a man and a woman both speaking with strong Scottish accents.

Thinking the calls were genuine, she paid the money into an account from where it has since been withdrawn.

On Wednesday a man visited the woman's Swansea home asking for more money but he was challenged by her son.

The man, who then left, is described as being of Asian or Arab appearance, aged 23 or 24, around 5ft 8in, with black wavy hair and side burns. He was clean shaven and was wearing a blue hooded coat, black trousers and black shoes.

He also had a gold iPhone and was believed to have a local accent.

Det Con Anthony Evans of Swansea CID said: "We are carrying out enquiries in relation to this matter with the bank's fraud unit in order to identify those responsible.

"We take this opportunity to remind residents to never carry out financial business with cold callers and to contact your bank if you have any concerns."

Police are appealing to anyone who saw the man in the Catherine Street area of Swansea at about 09:00 GMT on Wednesday, 30 October or anyone who has been contacted in similar circumstances to come forward.

The number is 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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