BOGUS callers have targeted two elderly residents in Rossendale over the past two weeks.
Now police are urging other residents to remain on their guard.
In both instances, the victims, received a phone call from a person purporting to be calling on behalf of their bank. They then persuaded the victim to disclose their PIN numbers to their cash cards and shortly afterwards, a man attended the address to collect the cards.
The first offence, which took place at an address in the Stacksteads area on July 12th, saw an 85-year-old woman hand over her cards. She had a total of £1341 taken from her accounts.
The second offence took place at an address in Haslingden on July 19th.
A 79-year-old lady received the same call and handed over her card. She had £250 taken from her accounts.
On both occasions, the bogus callers were described as young and Asian men, believed to be in their 20s.
Patrols have now been stepped up in the area and residents are being advised to be extra vigilant.
Sgt Joanne Daly said: “This is a devious and heartless crime where elderly and vulnerable victims have been preyed upon.
“We believe these incidents may be linked to a number of offences in Hyndburn area involving elderly residents.
“I believe that someone out there must know something about these offences and urge that anyone who does to stop and think about the impact on these victims.
“We will carry out a full and thorough investigation to identify the people responsible but we need the help of the community to catch the offenders quickly.
“If anyone does have any information that they think might help, I urge them to contact us.
“Our advice is always that you should never give personal details, especially bank details, to unexpected telephone callers, even if they seem plausible.
“Your bank or credit card providers will never ask for your PIN numbers over the phone so if anyone does call and ask for this information, just hang up.”
Contact police on 101 with any information.