Fraudsters posing as council bailiffs were thwarted in their attempts to con an elderly woman out of a substantial amount of money.
Police in Preston are currently investigating the incident.
They say two suspects targeted the woman by posing as council bailiffs, wearing body armour, saying she was in arrears with her council tax.
They managed to get the victim’s bank account details and card off her, offering to withdraw the arrears and return her card.
They attempted to use the card to make multiple large withdrawals, but fortunately the bank stopped them from going through.
Police have warned the public to never give their bank card or its details to anyone by any means, and to never let anyone into their home unless they are certain they are who they say they are.
They say you should ask to see ID and call their office if you are uncertain. If you are still unsure, call the police.
You can report fraud online at http://socsi.in/ZAtQF or see Action Fraud’s “Contact Us” page for telephone details.