Elderly woman robbed by a ‘bogus’ police officer

COFFS Harbour police are warning residents to be vigilant after an elderly woman was robbed by a 'bogus' police officer on Sunday.

About 10am, the 93-year-old woman answered the door of her unit on Columbus Circuit in Coffs Harbour to a man who claimed to be a police officer.

The man, who was not in police uniform, said he needed to access her home to conduct a security assessment.
In good faith and without asking for identification, the woman let the man inside her unit where he proceeded to ask questions about her valuables.

The man stayed in the unit for around 30 minutes to 'inspect' all the rooms.

When he left, the woman noticed her purse had been stolen.

Police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command established a crime scene and forensically examined the unit. It was quickly established the woman had been victim to a scam.

The 'fake' cop is described as being of Caucasian appearance, thin build, aged in his 40s, with short dark hair. He was wearing a red coloured jumper.

Police are urging people, especially elderly residents, to be vigilant when answering the door to strangers.

Always ask for proper identification and never let anyone inside your home if you don't know them. A business card is not suitable identification.

Anyone with information about the identity of the man involved or who thinks they might have been targeted in a similar manner should contact Coffs Harbour Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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