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Beverley woman, 76, victim of bogus postman

A bogus Post Office worker is targeting vulnerable and elderly people in East Yorkshire to con them into handing over their bank cards. One victim, a 76-year-old woman living in Lairgate, Beverley, later found the card had been used to withdraw hundreds of pounds from her account from a nearby cash machine.

Police told Beverley FM a man dressed as a postal worker said he had a parcel for the occupant but there was an outstanding postage charge that had to be paid before he could hand it over.

The suspect claimed he could not take the outstanding 55 pence in cash and it would have to be paid by debit card. He then claimed the transaction had not gone through and moved away to get a better signal on the card machine – but instead left, taking the card with him.

A 71-year-old man in Willerby became a second victim of the con-man, who police described as white, around 6ft tall, heavy build, with short brown hair and brown glasses. He also had a beard, a double chin and wore a red T-shirt with a Post Office logo on the front.

The police spokesman told us: “We’re appealing for anyone with information about the incidents to get in touch – and for those with elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends and relatives to pass on our warning to stop others falling victim to the scam.”