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Cruel tricksters steal £200 from 83-year-old Bridgwater woman
AN 83-YEAR-OLD woman has blasted thieves who tricked her out of cash as “despicable” and fears gangs of fraudsters are targeting vulnerable people like her.
Betty Langmead, of West Street, Bridgwater, lost £200 she was about to use to buy her daughter’s birthday present in an incident in the car park at Sainsbury’s in the town.
Betty was sat in the driver’s seat having loaded her car with shopping when a woman aged around 50 approached the passenger side, clutching a map.
The woman opened the passenger door, pointed to the map and said in broken English the word ‘hospital’.
Betty said: “I thought she was asking for directions, but I didn’t know until she put the map on my lap that it was a map of Hampshire.”
The woman then gestured for Betty to get out of the car and follow her over to the passenger side.
Betty said she believed that at the time the woman may have wanted to show her something, but with hindsight she now believes her getting out of the car was a signal for an accomplice to come from out of sight and take £200 in cash from her handbag, which was inside the car.
She said: “The £200 was part of my daughter’s 60th birthday gift – I don’t normally carry that sum of money around.
“I only discovered it was gone when I went to the petrol station at Sainsbury’s and realised I didn’t have any money.
“I got the shock of my life and was shaking like a leaf.
“The staff took great care of me – they were very kind.”
Betty said she has since been told of two other incidents where people have been conned out of money in similar circumstances, including one in the same car park.
Brave Betty said: “I was told it’s gangs from cities who are doing this.
“I’ve learned my lesson – it’s despicable.
“They’re targeting vulnerable older people who were brought up to believe what people say when they want some help.”
Anybody with information about the incident, which happened at around 4pm on September 12, should call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers free on 0800-555111.
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