Hit by fraud
ELDERLY VICTIMS have been swindled out of more than $350 000 this year, prompting police to issue a fresh warning about fraud against senior citizens.
Station Sergeant Mark White, who has responsibility for the Fraud Squad, told the SATURDAY SUN that eight seniors ranging from the mid-60s to 90s had been defrauded of $370 000 between January and September.
In one case a thief hit an elderly Christ Church couple separately.
The situation prompted police to send out an alert at the end of August to put would-be victims on their guard.
At that time seven people were already out by thousands of dollars.
One attempted theft was foiled when the person being preyed on called the police before going to the bank. An eighth person fell victim in recent weeks, however.
The perpetrators would have fronted as the Minister of Housing and a representative of the Minister of Agriculture and in some instances lured the victims to the bank.