POLICE in Barnsley have urged people to be vigilant after two people fell victim of so-called 'courier fraud' this week.

Both victims received telephone calls from men purporting to be detectives investigating theft and fraud from their bank account.

They were then told to contact their bank but the offender stayed on the line so when they called their bank they were still speaking to the conman.

They were then asked to withdraw the money from their account and a detective would collect it.

The first incident involved a woman in her 60s from Sackup Lane, Darton, who withdrew a substantial amount of money from her account as requested.

The offender came to collect the money at around 3pm. He is described as black, mid 30s, medium build, 5ft 6in tall, with short dark hair.

A second incident involved a woman in Byland Way, Monk Bretton.
 She received a similar phone call and them withdrew a large amount of cash from her account.

At around 2pm the man claiming to be a detective arrived to collect the money. His description is similar to the first offence.

Officers investigating believe the incidents are linked and are appealing for people to be vigilant and look out for vulnerable family members or neighbours.

Call police on 101 if you have any information.