Police have warned of a “hysterical” woman who has started knocking on doors and going into pubs in Duston and then pleading for money because of a bogus family emergency.
Officers have asked residents, publicans and business owners to be on their guard for the woman, who is often accompanied by her children and turns up on doorsteps crying “hysterically”.
The warning follows reports of people handing money over to the woman, who police say typically tells people there has been a family emergency and that she needs money to get a train fare to London.
PC Laura Mannion, of Northampton police, said: “The victims are usually vulnerable and elderly and this woman has not only called at residential addresses in Duston, but also businesses and pubs in the town centre.”
Officers say if people have concerns about doorstep callers to ring police on 101, or 999, if it is an emergency.