Man in 90's conned out of £1,500

Man in 90's conned out of £1,500

Published by Mike Draper at 4:37pm 22nd May 2020. (Updated at 4:39pm 22nd May 2020)

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An elderly man in Porton was duped into handing over cash to a 'neighbour' for work on his home that was never carried out.

This despicable incident happened at an address on The Avenue on Wednesday this week (20th May 2020).

Between approximately 10am and 11am a man in his 90s was at home when a man called at his door claiming to be a new neighbour.

He told the elderly man that his tiles were broken and needed fixing and that he could carry out the work in exchange for an initial price of £500.

The resident handed over some cash and was then told to withdraw more from the local bank to pay the man later that day.

  • In total, £1,500 cash was handed over
  • No work was carried out to the property
  • The conman left the scene in an unknown direction later that day


He's described as white, aged in his 40s or 50s, approximately 5 ft 11 inches tall and of a strong build. He was wearing a black t-shirt with a North Face logo His hair was short and cropped.

The conman targeted the vulnerable man in his 90's at his home on The Avenue in Porton.


If you have information in relation to the incident. or you saw or heard anything suspicious in the area during the day, please call Police on 101 and quote crime reference number 54200048111.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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