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15 January 2018, 17:41
CCTV has been released of one of two men wanted after an elderly woman was conned out of her savings.
The 71-year-old victim handed over £24,000 after one of the suspects contacted her and pretended to be a police officer.
He deceived the pensioner, from Camberwell, into believing he needed her help with a sting operation.
She was convinced into going to a bureau de change in the West End to buy some euros and arranged a place to hand them over.
The victim gave nearly £5,000 in euros to a male suspect in Buckingham Palace Road, SW1 at around 5pm on December 6th.
She was then contacted again the same day and went to Oxendon Street, SW1, where at 8:29pm, she handed over thousands more in euros.
The following day the victim was contacted a third time and was told her help was needed once more.
Between 11am and 12pm, on Cadogan Gardens, Sloane Square, SW3, she handed over £7000 in euros to a second suspect.
In total, the victim is out of pocket by over £24,000.
Police have now released the above CCTV in a bid to find one of the suspects involved in the fraud.
DC Michael Esangbedo of Southwark CID, said: "This was a cruel and heartless deception practised on a vulnerable, elderly woman.
“These men have clearly targeted the victim and I have no doubt that unless they are arrested they will continue to prey on the elderly and vulnerable.
“These men need to be caught and I would ask anyone with information to contact police or Crimestoppers immediately."
Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC - please quote 3036717/17
To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.