Police in Havering are warning residents after an elderly couple were targeted by rogue traders.
Officers were called at around 16:00hrs on Tuesday, 16 June, by bank staff who had concerns for an elderly man at Barclays Bank in High Street, Hornchurch.
Staff alerted police after an 84-year-old victim entered the bank accompanied by a man.
The victim informed the bank that he was having building work done on his property and required a £6,000 loan to pay the builders.
Officers attended the scene within minutes of the call and spoke to the elderly man and bank staff. They described the suspect and stated he had just left the bank.
A 26-year-old male suspect was detained nearby on North Street and arrested on suspicion of fraud. He has since been bailed to an east London police in mid July.
Officers later discovered that three rogue traders had attended the victim’s house and told the couple they needed work done to their roof.
All three men are described as white with an Irish accent.
Detective Constable Dave Attreed, from Havering CID, said: “These men have attempted to commit a despicable crime by targeting a vulnerable elderly couple.
“If anyone has had any similar callers or has seen any suspicious men or vehicles, please contact us.”
Anyone with information about the fraud is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference: 5409136/15. Alternately call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The MPS have published The Little Book of Big Scams which can be accessed via the MPS website: http://www.met.police.uk/docs/little_book_scam.pdf