Detectives from Staffordshire Police are asking people to be vigilant after elderly people have been conned out of money in Cannock by people reporting to be police officers.

A man claiming to be a police officer called a 79-year-old woman insisting that the money in her bank account needs to be checked and a man would collect her cards in an envelope from her home in Pye Green Road.

Shortly after, another man collected the woman’s cards from her home with her 86-year-old husband and asked to confirm her pin code – which she did. Hundreds of pounds was later drawn from her account.

A similar incident happened on St James Road where a man called a 97-year-old woman.

A man, again claiming to be a police officer, called at around 7.45pm with the same story before sending another man to her home to collect her card.

The 97-year-old was left extremely shaken and colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service checked her over.

Detective Inspector John Quilty from Force CID, said: “This was a heartless attack on three vulnerable people, leaving them feeling scared in their own homes. Police will never ask for personal details over the phone and anyone who receives such a call should call us as soon as possible and keep a note of the number that called. We believe that these two incidents in Cannock are linked and we’re now appealing to the public in helping us find the people responsible.”

Anyone who may have seen something suspicious is asked to email me on John.Quilty@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk