Police have issued an e-fit of a man they are hunting in connection with a series of thefts in which crooks posing as police officers stole cash from elderly people.
The offenders targeted at least five people in St Helens in December, calling them on the telephone and then telling them to withdraw money from their bank accounts.
In two of the cases, the victims withdrew substantial portions of their life savings.
When they got home, the offenders called them again and told them a courier was waiting to pick up the cash so it could be subject to examination.
One of the victims, a 76-year-old woman, has helped to compile an e-fit of the bogus courier, who is described as an Asian man.
DI Paul Unsworth, of St Helens CID, said: “First of all, I’d like to re-iterate our advice that genuine officials will never ask people for cash or bank details. If anyone does, people should never hand anything over and if they have been called on the telephone they should hang up immediately.
“As part of an extensive investigation into these incidents, we have now released an e-fit of the man who was posing as a courier and is believed to have knocked at two of the victims’ doors to collect cash.
“I would urge people to have a really good look at the image and get in touch if they think they recognise him.”
Anyone with information can call detectives on 0151 777 6804 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.