Detectives have released images of a man hunted in connection with the frauds (Picture: Lancashire Police)
Fraudsters pretending to be police officers have swindled more than £40,000 from elderly victims in a flurry of scams in recent weeks.
Pensioners from Lancaster, Blackburn and Preston have reported receiving phone calls over the past month from people claiming to be detectives and warning them of suspicious activity on their bank cards.
One offender provided the name and collar number of a Lancashire Police officer and convinced a woman in her 80s to withdraw nearly £3,000 claiming it was needed as evidence.
When she returned, a man posing as a courier visited her home to collect the cash, giving a codeword the fake officer had specified on the phone.
Last Thursday, another woman in her 80s, from Longridge, near Preston, was duped out of £8,250 in a similar way.
Detectives have released CCTV of a man walking through the town who they are hunting in connection with the incident.
A 27-year-old man from London and two men aged 19 and 25 from Nelson were arrested earlier this month in connection with the frauds in eastern areas of Lancashire.
They have since been released on bail or released under investigation.
Det Sgt Ash Johnston of Lancashire Police said: ‘Scammers target vulnerable people so please make your loved ones are aware of this latest scam that is happening in Lancashire.
‘If you do receive a call, immediately report the matter to the police as soon as possible.’
Most of the people who reported being targeted ended the call before handing over any money or financial details, the force added.
Anyone with information or who thinks they or a loved one have been a victim of this scam has been urged to call police on 101 quoting log 1025 of October 22.
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