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Distraction burlary in Bassett, Southampton

Hampshire Constabulary Media Release

Distraction burglary in Bassett, Southampton

We are appealing for information following a distraction burglary at an address in Bonchurch Close in Bassett, Southampton on Wednesday, May 27.

An 86 year old woman was scammed into letting an unknown man into her home after he left his details, advertising work, on a note through her door the previous day. 

He made off with a large quantity of cash, which the elderly victim had unwittingly divulged she had, after promising to take her to the bank to pay it in.

This is a despicable crime against a vulnerable person and a betrayal of trust.

The man was described as white, 5ft 10ins tall, 36 to 38 years old, slim build, and wearing “working clothes” that were possibly blue in colour, including a woollen jersey and dark blue denim jeans. 

He is described as having a “small, baby face” and wore a white peaked baseball cap and said his name was ‘Greg’.

If you recognise the description of this individual or have any information that would assist the police in identifying him please contact the Western Investigation Team on 101 quoting ref 44150178344. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers where information can be left anonymously. 

Some elderly people are often too embarrassed to admit they have fallen for a scam or refuse to believe they have been conned.

If you have elderly relatives or neighbours please pass on this advice:

Never reply straight away to an offer. Speak to a relative, friend, neighbour or your carer before you send any money.

Never trust anyone who says you’ve won the lottery or a big prize – they will always want you to send them a fee or order something, 
and you’ll never see your promised winnings.

Never give your bank account details or other personal information to people you don’t know.