Con artists posing as police officers and prize-givers are using elderly victims’ personal details to fleece them out of cash in Morley.
In the space of just over a week five people aged 71 to 90 in the Morley and Beeston areas have been conned out of money by thieves armed with information about their victims.
Police say it is unclear if each of the incidents is linked – but say there are striking similarities and have warned people to be alert about the worrying trend.
They have issued CCTV images of two people they want to speak to over the spate of thefts.
Det Insp Mark Swift, of Holbeck CID, said: “It is a sad fact that those who pose as officials often target the vulnerable. However, we are committed to catching those responsible.
“In these latest incidents the offenders have obtained personal details of their victims and this really underlines the need for people to remain vigilant.”
The incidents happened between August 11 and 19. It is unclear how the offenders obtained the details about their victims.
After trawling CCTV, police have issued images of two people seen at the scene of one of the incidents.
Det Insp Swift said: “We would like to speak to the two people in the images in connection with our enquiries.”
He urged householders to be wary of cold callers, even if they had apparently legitimate motives.
He added: “Make sure you check their identification and if you have any doubts at all about their authenticity ask them to wait while you call the company they claim to work for.”
Anyone who recognises the men pictured, or has any information, should call Holbeck CID on 0113 2414681.