Police are now appealing for information on a bogus caller after a pensioner fell victim to a door-to-door scam in Stretford.
The 85-year-old from St Andrew’s Road was tricked to believe the man was a friend of her late husband and invited him in.
While the vulnerable widow was in the kitchen making a cup of tea, the conman, possibly with an accomplice, raided the house and stole her purse.
Police Constable Alfred Gumbs said: “The victim has been left traumatised by this incident, and it is shocking that a bogus caller would use such a story to gain her confidence.”
Manchester City Council’s ‘Knock Knock’ initiative has been combatting this type of crime since 2008.
The scheme aims to educate people about bogus callers and highlight ways to keep safe in your home.
The Crime Prevention Department at the Council said: “If you have any doubts about the caller tell them to call back later when someone can be with you.
“If you think a bogus caller has called at your door, report it to the police immediately.”
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director at Age UK, said that older people are often the targets of this type of crime.
She said: “Most importantly, if you’re not sure about someone don’t feel embarrassed about refusing to let them in.
“It’s your door and you do not have to let anyone in that you do not want to.”
The incident took place on September 22 and police are now appealing for information on a suspect who is described as white, in his early 40s, between 5ft 7in and 5ft 9in tall, of medium build and with short dark hair.
He was clean-shaven and spoke with a local accent.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 0950 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.