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METROPOLITAN POLICE detectives are appealing for information about a man (see main picture) wanted in connection with a scam that has conned elderly women out of thousands of pounds.

A police spokesman said the man poses as a courier after the victims receive a phone call, telling them to hand over their bank cards and PINs for security reasons. The cards are then used to take cash out of their accounts.

Police have since issued an image of the man they wish to contact in connection with the incidents, which all took place in South London.

The first incident occurred on 14 November last year when an elderly woman from Croydon was targeted. A man was later seen taking £1,000 out of her account in the Beckenham branch of Barclays.

The second incident took place in Thornton Heath on January 6 when a pensioner was defrauded of £5,600 after a suspect was seen withdrawing money from a Barclays cashpoint machine.

A third woman was targeted on January 23 and threatened with arrest and being sent to prison if she did not hand over her bank cards and PIN numbers to a courier who arrived at her home. A suspect was later seen taking out £500 from a cashpoint in Norbury.

A spokesman for the police said: “The suspect is described as a black man, about 5ft 8in to 6ft tall, with dreadlocks or braids tied up at the back. During one of the incidents, he wore glasses and distinctive red tracksuit bottoms with the number 23 in white on the right thigh.”

Anyone with information should call detective sergeant Natalie Reseigh from Croydon CID on 101 0r Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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