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OAP conned by 'sob story' call

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: June 22, 2012

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NEWQUAY police are hunting a cold caller who fed a vulnerable pensioner a "sob story" before charging him £69 for a dishcloth.

Four men were spotted knocking on doors in the St Columb Minor area on Tuesday.

It was reported that an Avon sales representative witnessed the scam and chased the cold caller down the street, retrieving £20 that she returned to the pensioner.

Sergeant Reggie Butler, investigating officer, said: "Officers went to the area but these men had already left.

"We think it will only be a matter of time before they return to the Newquay area.

"We would ask people to please be aware and look out for your neighbours, especially if they are elderly or vulnerable.

"If anyone can provide us with information, including descriptions or vehicle registration numbers, this would be helpful."

Call 101 with information, quoting log 342 of June 19.

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  • StanStill  |  June 24 2012, 8:24AM

    Well done DSamantha, pity you didn't have a Rolling Pin with you, a good crack around the head could have knocked him out until the police arrived. These people who con old people are just Scumbags, Pondlife, and the stuff you sometimes tread on.

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  • lowcliff  |  June 22 2012, 11:32PM

    What's a pensioner doing with £69 in cash? They should buy things with cards.

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  • homerjay  |  June 22 2012, 11:10PM

    That is awesome Samantha, you're a ray of sunshine standing up for the vulnerable against the scum that would fleece them because they see them as easy targets. A commendation is in order. What a brave lady!

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  • britam  |  June 22 2012, 8:44PM

    That Avon rep would be my AWESOME pregnant niece Samantha.....wish there were more people brave enough to step up and do the right thing. So proud of you Sam xxx

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