Police have warned people to vigilant after an 80-year-old woman was targeted in a cruel fraudster con.

The St. Ann’s woman received a call from a woman who claimed to be from Barclays Bank who told her that her card needed to be changed and that a man would come to her house and swap it over.

A description of the man who collected the card has been released: he is described as being in his late teens, black with short curly hair and wearing a white t-shirt.

Detective Sergeant Kate Savage said: “We believe fraudsters deliberately targeted this elderly woman, knowing she is vulnerable and we fear that the offenders might try to target more people possibly in the same area.”

“Banks would never ask you to swap your card in this way so if you get a call like this, put the phone down and report it to us straight away.”

If you are due a new card for any reason, your bank will send this via post and ask you to destroy your old card.

If you recognise the man in the description or have any information that could help, please contact us on 101 quoting incident 468 of 24 January 2018. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.