'Inland Revenue' conman tried to scam Rushden pensioner

The incident was reported to police

By Sam Wildman
Friday, 19th June 2020, 4:32 pm
Police are investigating
Police are investigating

A conman with fake ID claimed he was from Inland Revenue in a bid to scam a Rushden pensioner out of £500.

The victim, aged in their 70s, reported the incident to police after the brazen fraud attempt at about midday yesterday (Thursday) in Queen Street.

A white man with fake ID, aged betwen 30 and 40 and about 6ft tall, visited the victim's home and told them he was from Inland Revenue, that money was owed and that he was there to collect it.

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But he told the pensioner he wasn't allowed to hand over any documentation relating to the case - until he had received £500 in cash.

The victim became suspicious and refused to hand over money, and the conman said he would return with more documentation which he did about an hour later.

Again the victim refused and contacted police just after the suspect left.

A police spokesman said: "Please check the ID of anyone attending your address purporting to be from any organisation.

"Legitimate callers will always be more than happy to have their ID checked.

"Please report any suspicious activity to police on 101 or 999 in an emergency."