Bromley police warn public on doorstep scam
PUBLISHED: 09:41 08 December 2014
The force say that a string of frauds have taken place over the past week
Police in Bromley have issued a warning following a string of doorstep scams in West Wickham and Beckenham in the past week.
The scam sees a woman arriving on a an elderly victims doorstep in the early hours of the morning. She then asks them to borrow money so that she can pay for a taxi to see an ill relative in hospital.
Despite her victims frequently doubting the story, they nevertheless handed over the money. The sum given to the fraudster was normally around £80.
The suspect, who is described as a black woman in her 20s, has targeted addresses in the West Wickham and Beckenham areas, with six victims aged between 60 and 89 handing money over in the past week.
Detective Inspector Linda Leicester from Bromley Police’s CID said: “This woman is preying on the goodwill of her victims to con them out of money, when they think she is in real need. Her crimes are despicable and I would urge residents to be alert to this scam”.
Police are urging anyone with any information to call them on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.