The elderly woman who was conned by two men tricked the conmen into a police trap.

Mohammed Irfan Butt, 24, rang the elderly woman as a detective, claiming hackers have targeted her bank account.

Irfan told her he will be sending officer Zohaib Khalid to her house and that she withdraw £8,300 and give it to him.

He later called her again and tricked her to buy 2 Rolex watches costing £53,000 and give them to Khalid.

Irfan pushed his luck a third time and asked for £13,700, this time the lady informed police.

When Khalid showed up to collect the cash he was arrested by police. After a detailed examination of his mobile phone, police were able to get to the master-mind Irfan.

Police arrested Irfan from his house in in August.

The duo pleaded not guilty first but later changed their plea to guilty.

Irfan was sentenced to jail for 4 years and six months, while Khalid was given three years behind bars.

Detective Constable Richard Taberner said: “These types of offences are truly despicable: offenders target elderly victims and exploit their vulnerabilities to trick them into handing over money.

“Khalid was paid £500 by Butt for each trip and agreed a collection password with the victim in a bid to give the scam more authenticity.

“He claimed to be merely acting as a courier and had no knowledge of the scam – but we found web searches on his phone relating to sentencing guidelines for fraud so it’s clear he suspected he was committing an offence.

“Almost £1,000 in cash was recovered and handed back to the victim and if she is unable to be compensated through her bank, we’ll be pushing for a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) case against the offenders to recover money on her behalf.

“She did brilliantly in alerting us once she realised she’d been tricked – and then played her part in luring Khalid back to her home and allowing us to catch him in the act.”