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Bogus caller admits targeting Black Country pensioners with sob story
5:03pm Friday 6th September 2013 in Local
A FRAUDSTER has admitted targeting pensioners in Stourbridge and Halesowen and tricking them out of cash by using a sob story claiming his wife was sick in hospital.
Darren Hemmings appeared at Dudley Magistrates Court yesterday (Thursday September 5) where he pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud.
He was arrested on Wednesday by detectives investigating a spate of bogus caller reports throughout July and August.
DC Thomas Cunningham-Smith said: "Hemmings used the same story for most of his crimes, claiming he needed cash for a taxi in order to visit his wife who was sick in hospital. On one occasion he claimed his truck had broken down. He specifically targeted elderly people."
His victims were aged between 79 and 94 and he would get away with anything up to £150.
When his sob story failed, Hemmings, from Hurcott Road in Kidderminster, would try to intimidate his victims.
He targeted one elderly man in Douglas Road, Halesowen, who refused to give him cash, so Hemmings squared up to the pensioner, scaring him in to handing over £20.
But the 43-year-old left empty handed when he targeted one pensioner on Castle Grove on August 10 who bravely turned him away after reading about bogus callers in the newspaper.
DC Cunningham-Smith urged people to be on their guard against bogus callers.
He said: "Residents should always be vigilant, particularly elderly. There are people who specifically target the vulnerable, using a range of stories in an attempt to come across as legitimate.”
The charges against Hemmings relate to addresses in Hagley Road, Marlborough Drive, Castle Grove and Eton Drive in Stourbridge as well as Narrow Lane and Douglas Road in Halesowen.
Hemmings was remanded in custody to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court for sentencing on October 3.
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