Conman sold pensioner a £1 tub of The Pink Stuff cleaning paste for £50
A conman tricked a woman in her 90s into parting with £50 in cash for a tub of cleaner worth £1.
The doorstep seller, who is about 5ft 3ins and has a strong Geordie accent and dark hair, struck in Stamford on Sunday.
He told the homeowner that he was recently out of prison and was selling cleaning products in order to get his life back on track.
During the conversation he talked her into parting with £50 for a single 500g tub of The Pink Stuff cleaning paste. In Sainsbury’s a similar tub costs £1.
After he had the cash in his hand, then man ran off.
A friend, who wished to remain anonymous to protect the victim’s identity, said: “What he did made me so angry I have struggled to sleep.
“The lady it happened to likes to support people who are in need. It is in her nature to want to help others.
“Now that this has happened I want to make people aware of what he did, so it doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
The incident, which is classed as fraud, was reported by the victim to police, who have passed on the details to Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime.
According to police, legitimate doorstep selling becomes fraud if the sales person uses pressure tactics to trick someone into buying something they don’t want or need, or something that is poor value for money.
These sellers usually try to catch the victim off guard and appear polite and persuasive, rushing the victim to make a decision.
To report a similar crime call police on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.