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Man jailed after conning Guildford pensioner out of £10,000

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Man jailed after conning Guildford pensioner out of £10,000

Published at 5:54pm 7th February 2019.

A man who pretended to be a police officer and conned an elderly woman out of £10,000 has been jailed. 

24-year-old Darren Poole, from London, admitted his involvement in the fraud, which began back in June 2015. 

The victim, in her 70s, received a call from Poole who went by the name of "Sergeant West". 

He told her he was leading an undercover investigation into a fraud at a local bank and said he needed her help. 

She was then persuaded to withdraw £10,000 from her account and made arrangements for someone to collect the money from her address.

The victim subsequently realised that she had been duped and alerted police. 

Following Poole’s arrest, officers tracked his personal mobile phone which showed that he had travelled from London to Guildford at the time the money was picked up from the victim. 

The 24-year-old was never identified by the victim as the man who had collected the money from her, but admitted he had travelled with others who were involved.  

'I feel very naive and stupid'

Speaking of her shame and embarrassment, the victim said:

“When I realised I had been the victim of a scam I immediately lost my confidence. I am ashamed that I fell for such a simple fraud. I trusted that the caller was a detective and thought I was trying to help.

“I feel very naive and stupid for being taken in by a voice on the phone and I am still wary of any calls I get. I feel like I have I let my husband and my family down.

“It was our golden wedding anniversary a few weeks after the incident but instead of the large celebration we had been planning, it was a more muted occasion which had a large shadow hanging over it. Only our children knew what had happened as I was so embarrassed to tell anyone else.

“I know we won't get the money back and that we will have to come to terms with losing such a large amount but I am glad that some sort of justice has come of this horrid affair.”

Police have thanked the victim for her bravery and patience during the lengthy process. 

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