Police are appealing for information after a woman was conned out of a four-figure sum of cash by fraudsters in Southend.
Two men attended an address in Park Street at around 2pm on Friday, January 6 and told the victim, a woman in her 60s, they were from the water company.
They said they needed to complete urgent work on her sewage pipes otherwise it will cause thousands of pounds worth of damage.
The men told the victim they required a four-figure sum of cash to complete the work and if it was not done that day, it would cost more to repair.
They drove the victim to Elmer Approach and told her to go into a bank on the High Street to withdraw the money.
When she returned to the vehicle she found four men waiting.
They took the money and drove off but did not complete any work at her address.
Pc Alex Farr said: “This is a vulnerable, elderly female victim who has been targeted by people with the intent to defraud her out of a substantial amount of money.
“I would like to hear from anyone who had a knock at their door in the Park Street area by men claiming to be from the water company on 6th January.
“Likewise if you saw a dirty white vehicle believed to be a hatchback on or near to Elmer Approach please get in contact.
“I would also urge the public to vigilant when it comes to rogue traders and bogus callers.
“If someone knocks at your door, always ask for identification – all genuine callers will have ID and won’t mind you asking to see it.
“If you’re still not sure, ask them to come back another time”.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Farr at Southend Police Station on 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/12255/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.