Police is warning local residents to be on their guard after a woman was nearly scammed out of £5,000 by a man claiming to be collecting for charity.
The woman and her husband were approached by a man outside their home, on Sunday morning (4 July). The man said he was raising money for the Anthony Nolan Trust as he had a child with leukaemia. The woman handed over a cheque for £10 made out to the charity but was later shocked to receive a call from her bank saying the name and amount on the cheque had been altered.
The bogus charity collector had a sponsorship sheet with a number of names and addresses on it and the police are concerned that he may commit offences elsewhere in the county.
The suspect is described as white, aged 35 to 45 years old, very slim and quite tall, with very short light brown hair. He had a gap in his teeth and spoke with a southern accent.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Surrey Police on 0845 125 2222 quoting reference GD/10/6794. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously and free of charge on 0800 555 111.