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Detectives in Southampton and Eastleigh are investigating after reports of two incidents of bogus callers.
In both cases the men claimed to be police officers.
In the first incident on Monday, March 19 at about 7.45pm two men knocked at the door of an 82-year-old in Falcon Square, Eastleigh.
They said they were police officers and had caught someone with lots of money on them trying to get into her house and that they had them in the car.
They then asked her if she kept money in the house and where it was. She let them in believing they were police officers and they managed to steal £400 pounds form the property before leaving around half an hour later.
The next incident happened the same evening but at around 9pm. Two men went to the door of an 89-year-old woman in Regents Park Road, Shirley and told her they were police officers.
They used much the same story to try and gain entry and showed the woman what she described as a tatty badge with police written on it. She told them they were making her feel uncomfortable and she wouldn’t let them in. They said they had to go back to their car and quickly left.
In both cases the men are described as white, one was in his 30s and the other in his 40s. Both wore dark clothing and the victim in the incident at Eastleigh says they were both wearing sleeveless yellow jackets.
Detectives are now appealing for witnesses to either incident or anyone who thinks the men may have called at their homes to contact them.
They are also asking for anyone who knows who the men might be to call them.
They should contact Shirley CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Officers are also advising people to always ask for ID when someone comes to their door if they don’t know them.
If they say they are from a utility company or the emergency services and you are not happy they are who they say they are then
call the organisation before letting them in. In the case of the police this can easily be done by calling 101 to verify the officer’s identity.
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