Phone scammers disrupted as they targeted elderly Thornbury woman

May 30 2017

POLICE officers intercepted a telephone scam in Thornbury involving offenders repeatedly targeting an elderly woman and trying to defraud her out of £7,000.

POLICE officers intercepted a telephone scam in Thornbury involving offenders  repeatedly targeting an elderly woman and trying to defraud her out of £7,000.

It was just one incident of people attempting to scam pensioners which were disrupted by the Avon and Somerset force as part of a national campaign against rogue traders.

Detective Superintendent Carolyn Belafonte said: “Rogue traders target the most vulnerable in our society and will use any tactic to gain their trust before stealing from them. 

“It’s hard to comprehend the effect these crimes have on the victims – some never recover from the horror of having their homes raided. 

“The aim of the week of action was to help people feel confident about dealing with strangers on their doorstep.” 

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, said: "Rogue traders carry out the ultimate act of betrayal.

"The exploitation of people through cold-calling and distraction burglaries will not be tolerated.”