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APPEAL: Grandparents 'scammed out of their life savings' by conmen in Lenham

Thursday 14th March 2019

A GRAND-DAUGHTER has appealed for information after her grandparents were ‘scammed out of their life savings’.

Chantelle Burns wrote: “Today my 90 year old grandparents have been scammed out of their life savings. They naively let a man in to their home who claimed he was from the council and there to do some repairs to damp issues.

“He told them they had to pay towards some of costs and manipulated their bank card from them. He then cleared the bank account of their life savings. This happened today in Lenham village Kent.

“It has been reported to the police and fraud team but as of yet we have no idea if they will get any of their money back. If anyone saw a man acting suspicious, maybe knocking on your door caught on doorbell cam, CCTV, or any information.”

A spokesman for Kent Police said: "Kent Police is investigating an incident in Lenham after two men claiming to be from the local authority are reported to have stolen a quantity of cash from a pensioner. 

"The men called at the victim’s house on March 13 2019 and said they were there to deal with some damp at the premises.

"The householder, who is in his 90s, said he was persuaded to hand over his bank card and PIN in order to pay a deposit for the repairs, after which the men left. The cash was subsequently taken from his account. 

"One of the men was wearing a black trousers, an anorak and a red peaked cap. The other was described as having grey hair and wearing a brown and grey jumper."

District Commander, Chief Inspector Ray Quiller said: "We strongly urge householders to be careful about who they let into their homes and are asking residents to be alert for suspected rogue traders calling on elderly or vulnerable neighbours. 

"Please don’t allow anyone you don’t know or were not expecting to enter your property and certainly do not hand them cash or your bank card for repairs or services.

"Don’t be afraid to ask them for identification and if you have any doubts about a caller at your door, ask them to leave and come back at a time convenient to you and when you've had a chance to ask someone to be with you."

Anyone with information that may help the investigation is asked to contact the appeal line on 01622 604100 quoting crime reference 13-1422.

You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555111.

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