AN ELDERLY couple were targeted by con artists who demanded £2,500 for work they had not done.

Police have issued a warning to residents following the incident that involved two men posing as workers from Southern Water who tried to steal the cash from a couple aged in their 70s.

The men called on the home in Swift Road, Southampton on Wednesday, May 27 and demanded £2,500 in cash for some work they claimed needed to be completed.

The couple went to their bank to withdraw the cash while the men waited outside their home. However, the bank became suspicious and advised the victims that it was a scam; and contacted the police.

When the victims returned home, the men had gone.

Sergeant Martyn Gorse, said: “Criminals sometimes pose as workmen or officials from companies to try and con their victims out of cash.

“Fortunately the bank became suspicious when the victims explained what they wanted to withdraw the money for. Southern Water would never demand cash in this way.

“Never employ cold-calling doorstep traders and always check the credentials of unknown callers. Do not phone the number on their ID card, secure your home and ask them to wait outside while you use a phone book or a bill. A genuine caller will not mind waiting.

“Please keep an eye on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends and family and let them know about these sorts of scams. Please report any suspicious activity to the police immediately.”

If you would like any help or advice please do not hesitate to contact you local Neighbourhood Policing Team.