CALLOUS conmen tried to trick an elderly man out of £2,000 – but he was saved from the thieves by vigilant bank staff in Cleckheaton.
Two men called at the home of the 80-year-old man at Low Moor in Bradford on Thursday and told him he needed to pay them the cash for roof repairs.
He had some minor repair work done a couple of months ago by a reputable company and had already paid up.
But the victim is confused so accepted what the men said and they took him to the Lloyds TSB branch on Albion Street in Cleckheaton at about 3.30pm.
The two conmen are thought to have stayed outside, but when the victim tried to draw the cash out, staff were concerned and asked him what it was for.
When he said he did not really know they looked after him and called the police – but the thieves had disappeared by the time officers arrived.
Both suspects are white.
The attempted con comes shortly after 85-year-old Alfred Frampton handed over the entire contents of a bank account that once contained about £10,000 during repeated visits from intimidating workmen.
Following the two cases police have once again warned relatives, friends and neighbours of the elderly to keep a lookout for them.