Conmen have stolen £9,000 from a South Wootton woman after obtaining bank details with an elaborate hoax.
Care worker Kathleen Madej, 44, has been left penniless after thieves stole her purse and then contacted her at work posing as bank employees.
Miss Madej was ‘warned’ about the potential implications of the theft and asked to reveal details so her accounts could be made safe. Instead, they were cleared out.
She is now having to borrow money from friends to survive until her next pay day.
Police are appealing for more information after the purse was stolen from the staff room at Woodlands Care Home in Grimston Road, South Wootton, on Thursday.
Miss Madej said: “I am angry that I have been left with no money. I am absolutely gutted as I was going to put a deposit down on a flat on the day this happened.
“At the end of the day it is only money but it is money I could have done without losing.”
The nightmare began when the purse was stolen sometime between 7.30am and 11.20am on Thursday.
Miss Madej, who is an agency care worker, was then called down to the manager’s office during a busy shift to take a phone call from a man posing as a worker from Barclays Bank.
The man told her that a young woman had been stopped while trying to use her debit card.
Miss Madej, who does not normally work at the care home, was then tricked into giving out her personal details and PIN after the man was able to provide information about recent transactions. She now believes he was able to glean information from receipts in her purse. He later called back to say the girl had been apprehended and her purse was going to be sent back.
The cards were later used to withdraw money at several locations.
Miss Madej said: “He seemed so plausible. I was conned hook, line and sinker.
“I was at work during a busy shift. I hope they get caught.”
She is waiting to speak to the Barclays Fraud team.
Anyone with information should call PC Heather Whitmore, of Hunstanton police on the non-emergency 101 number.