She told the man that his security details had been compromised and that a courier would be sent by the bank to collect his credit cards. The scammer told the man to type his pin number into the phone and then to put the phone down and call 999.
But when he attempted to do so she stayed on the line and played a recorded message, fooling the victim into believing he was reporting the matter to police.
Seven members of Shomrim’s rapid reaction team waited in the couple’s Bridge Lane home and in unmarked cars outside. They told the pensioner to put an old RAC breakdown card in an envelope to hand to the “courier”.