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Caught on camera: Moment devious duo target dementia sufferer for £10,000 in cruel Lottery scam; Asian woman told her victim she was an illegal immigrant who had scooped a five-figure sum but couldn't claim it while man who pretended to overhear chat convinced vulnerable man to hand over £10,000 for the ticket.

Byline: Rachel Wearmouth

This callous con artist helped march a confused dementia sufferer home for his bank details in a cruel LOTTERY scam.

Part of a devious duo, he tricked his 59-year-old victim into handing over £10,000 and police are now appealing for help in tracking the pair of thieves down.

The cruel fraud began in the Jewellery Quarter area of Birmingham when an Asian woman told the dementia sufferer she had scooped a five-figure prize, but couldn't claim it because she was an illegal immigrant.

She then asked him for directions to the nearest solicitors where the pair were joined by a second man who claimed he had overheard their conversation.

He suggested to the victim that they help the woman by buying the ticket off her so they could claim the prize instead.

They then took the confused man to his home in nearby Edgbaston to collect his bank details and convinced him to withdraw £10,000 from his account.

West Midlands Police have now released a CCTV image of the man they believe helped dupe the vulnerable victim out of thousands of pounds on October 24 last year.

The picture shows an Asian man wearing a light tweed jacket with a distinctive flat cap and dark rimmed glasses.

Officers said the conman, who was in his late 40s to 50s, was around 5ft 7ins tall and was also wearing dark trousers and a pale shirt with a brown tie and black shoes.

His partner was described as the same age and height and was wearing traditional Asian female clothing.

Detective Constable Michelle Hunt said: "This has left the victim and his family devastated.

"These two suspects have picked on the victim because of his vulnerability.

"They made up the story to deceive him and take advantage of his good nature.

"They have been driven by greed to take these extraordinary steps and steal a large amount of money.

"We are keen to trace the pair and urge anyone who recognises the man captured on CCTV, or the descriptions given, to contact us as soon as possible."

Anyone who has any information about the callous crime can call Birmingham Police Investigation Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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Author:Rachel Wearmouth
Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 6, 2015
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