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A QUICK-THINKING policeman stepped in to save an OAP after fraudsters conned the 68 year old man into handing over £4,000 to a private hire driver.

The pensioner walked into Beckenham Police Station, South London, after a ‘policeman’ told him to withdrawing his life savings and give them to a minicab driver to take to Scotland Yard.

The 68 year old said the ‘policeman’ told him over the phone that he was investigating a fraud and that his savings were needed as ‘evidence’.

The OAP was told not to talk to the bank staff as they too were allegedly involved in the fraudulent activity.

The pensioner did as he was asked and gave his life savings to a minicab driver, who was not connected with the crime, but became concerned and went to Beckenham Police Station

PC Steve Allen then traced the private hire company and went to their office. The controller contacted the driver who had collected the £4,000 and told him to return to base, moments before he was about to drop the package off in Holborn, Central London.

The pensioner said he was very relieved to get his money back.

Sergeant Gareth Star, head of the local safer neighbourhoods team, said: “PC Steve Allen provided excellent service to this vulnerable victim of fraud and it is great news that he foiled the fraudster.

“These unscrupulous people target the most vulnerable of our communities and prey on their trusting nature.”

“Please be aware that police officers will never ask anyone for their bank card or their PIN number or ask them to withdraw money from their bank accounts.”

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