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Cowardly fraudster targets Dagenham man, 87, in £6,000 fake council scam

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 November 2018

Barking and Dagenham Council has issued a warning. Picture: LBBD

Barking and Dagenham Council has issued a warning. Picture: LBBD

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A fraudster almost duped an 87-year-old man from Dagenham into handing over £6,000 after posing as a contractor working for the council.

The cowardly conman claimed the money was needed for scaffolding work and even sent a taxi to take the victim to the bank so he could withdraw the cash.

Luckily an alert cashier questioned the man about the large withdrawal and realised he was being scammed so called the police.

The hunt is now on to find the fraudster.

Barking and Dagenham Council has issued a warning to residents to be on their guard.

Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “This crook targeted a vulnerable elderly person and is a stark reminder that we all need to be more cautious about who we are dealing with on our doorstep or over the phone.”

“Council staff will always have a form of identification on them and happily wait outside while you contact the council to confirm who they are.”

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