Warning after elderly Lincoln resident targeted by water board scammer

Police are warning residents in the Walnut Place area of Lincoln to be vigilant after an elderly lady was scammed out of cash.

An unknown man knocked at the window of her flat at around 9am on Monday, July 17 and alleged he was from Anglian Water.

He was described as a small, slim white man in his 40s, wearing a bright yellow vest and blue baseball cap, and carrying a small set of aluminium ladders.

He went on to say she owed him money for work he had to do, and escorted her to a cash point, walking along Tentercroft Street.

Police say the man supported her as they walked, and was carrying a small step ladder.

After handing over some money, the man is said to have quickly fled, still carrying a stepladder. The lady was unharmed.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: “We are advising residents to be vigilant and to check identification of anyone calling at their doors.

“House-to-house enquiries are currently being made in relation to this particular incident. Extra patrols are also in place, and leaflets will be posted to houses in the area.

“If anyone has any information regarding this particular incident or is at all concerned that they have been targeted, we are asking people to contact DC Sands on 101 quoting Incident 102 of July 17.

“Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or report it online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

“For any other concerns or worries about this particular type of crime, contact Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06.”