Con artists prey on elderly in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 06:25 07 September 2011




SCAMMERS, who hoodwinked people in Hatfield and other parts of the county, have sparked a police warning and appeal for information.

The victims, who are often elderly, are told that they are owed a fortune, but to claim the money they need to buy Ukash vouchers at shops and Post Offices.

Ukash vouchers are usually used to buy goods at online shops.

After they’ve bought the vouchers, victims are told to call the conmen back to give them receipt numbers, and the fraudsters snaffle the cash.

Police said one victim spent £3,000 on vouchers after being promised to receive £7,500 in return.

■ Information to police via the non-emergency number 101.

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