AN elderly Benfleet resident has been targeted by fraudsters, police have said.

The 77-year-old was contacted and advised there had been suspicious activity on their bank account.

Over a period of seven hours, they were contacted on several occasions by someone reporting to be from their bank, stating they were working with Police and Nationwide Fraud.

Their bank cards and mobile phone were collected by a courier in the evening. 

Fortunately for the victim, none of the cards had been used and they have been blocked despite multiple attempts being made to use them. 

The resident contacted Essex Police to report it as ‘courier fraud’ and theft.  

An Essex Police spokesman said: “Residents are reminded to treat such calls with suspicion and not to engage with the caller without verifying the source.  

“Your bank, the police or other financial institution will never contact you in this way.  

“To verify the source, use a different phone and call your bank or financial institution.”

They added: “You can report incidents using the 101 system or report online for non-urgent reports.

“You can also contact us by logging on to 'LiveChat', Monday to Friday, from 10am to 9pm.”