A man who tricked two elderly women into handing over PIN numbers by pretending to be from the bank has been jailed.
Hamit Hamit, 33, was given five years and four months on after being found guilty of eight counts of fraud by false representation.
Hamit called his Croydon-based victims, one aged 82 and one 83, and held “lengthy conversations” before tricking them into handing over their PIN numbers.
He then turned up at their houses and pretended to be a courier, taking their bank cards.
It is understood he then used their cards to spend thousands on jewellery and electrical items.
“These are appalling crimes that target the most vulnerable members of our local community here in Croydon,” said DC Jennifer Williams from Croydon CID.
“The victims themselves have been left to feel fearful in their own homes and in the communities where they have spent their entire lives.
“They also feel that they are someway at fault for what has happened. I would encourage any victims of similar crimes to report these offences to police and also to stress to them that they are no way to blame for the actions of devious and manipulative individuals.”