Woman aged 89 duped in £100,000 painting fraud scam

A £100,000 painting has been stolen from the home of an 89-year-old woman who was fooled by a fraud scam, Scotland Yard said. Detectives are appealing for help to recover the haul, taken from an address in South Kensington, London, on January 18.

The Comet of 1858 by Samuel Palmer. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

It included The Comet of 1858 by Samuel Palmer, plus jewellery and bank cards. The woman was telephoned by someone claiming that her bank cards had been used in a crime and that she needed to contact her bank. She tried to call the bank but the caller had not hung up and stayed on the line.

The victim believed she was speaking to her bank, but in fact it was still the original caller who told her that someone would attend her address and collect her cards. They also asked if she had anything of value in the house and the victim mentioned the painting, Scotland Yard said.