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CCTV APPEAL: Elderly Preston couple conned out of home and savings

Police would like to speak to this woman as part of their investigation
Police would like to speak to this woman as part of their investigation

An appeal has been launched after an elderly couple in Preston were conned out of their life savings and home, say police.

The incident happened in December 2017 and police believe it may be connected to another case where a person attempted to defraud an elderly woman out of her home in London.

Police have now launched a CCTV appeal as part of their investigation and are asking for anyone who recognises the woman to get in touch.

A spokesman for the police said: "We want to speak to this woman as part of a fraud investigation which has links to Lancashire, Manchester, Cheshire and West Yorkshire.

"It relates the attempted sale of an elderly woman’s house in January and she may also have connections to an on-going investigation into a similar incident in Preston where an elderly couple were defrauded out of their home and life savings.

"It is known she was in Halifax on the January 19, 2018.

"If you have any information that could help us with our investigation or search, please get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to call 01772 413836 or if you fail to get an answer, 101, quoting incident reference LC-20180308-0315.

Alternatively information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at http://socsi.in/HwbjO.

If you think you or someone you know has been the victim of this kind of crime, please contact police on 101 or report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud is available on Action Fraud’s website: http://socsi.in/ByO0l