He also highlighted the officers’ calibre and caring attitudes towards him.
Chief Inspector Paul Walters said: “Here in Northumbria, one of our top priorities is to make sure that those in our communities, especially the vulnerable, feel protected and supported.
“While this particular incident is being investigated by ActionFraud, it is only right that our officers attended and made sure the victim felt supported and was offered additional help and advice on how to keep himself safe from these despicable scam in the future.
“I’m pleased he had such a positive experience with PCs Goodfellow and Martin following what must have been a very stressful and traumatic situation for him.
“Our officers are dedicated to tackling fraud and cybercrime in all its forms and we’d encourage anyone who has had a similar experience or thinks they have fallen victim, to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”