Scam­mers con­tinue to trick OAPS

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It doesn’t seem like too long has passed since I last wrote on this is­sue, but the in­stances re­gard­ing tele­phone and email scams con­tinue to be re­ported to po­lice reg­u­larly.

In re­cent weeks I have seen sev­eral in­ci­dents across our lo­cal area in ar­eas such as Black­wood, Hamil­ton and Blan­tyre where a mem­ber of the pub­lic has been con­tacted by a per­son who claims to be from a le­git­i­mate or­gan­i­sa­tion, such as a phone provider, claim­ing that there is an is­sue with the mem­ber of pub­lic’s bank ac­count or phone ac­count and claims to be on the phone to re­solve the is­sue.

In re­al­ity what is hap­pen­ing is that the caller is in fact trick­ing the mem­ber of the pub­lic into giv­ing over bank de­tails or en­cour­ag­ing them to buy vouch­ers, such as itunes vouch­ers, as a means of re­solv­ing the prob­lem, a prob­lem that never ac­tu­ally ex­isted in the first place.

The mem­ber of the pub­lic is then en­cour­aged to pro­vide the code on the back of the i-tunes voucher, which they in turn use for their own crim­i­nal gain to sell the codes or use th­ese de­tails to fraud­u­lently ob­tain funds.

Th­ese heart­less in­di­vid­u­als are nor­mally call­ing from an­other coun­try and are of­ten part of an or­gan­ised crime group who do this on a daily ba­sis, with no thought to the dam­age it does to fi­nan­cial ac­counts of those in­volved and dam­age to the per­son’s self- con­fi­dence, par­tic­u­larly the vul­ner­a­ble or older peo­ple who are reg­u­larly suc­cess­fully tar­geted.

Please do not pass any per­sonal in­for­ma­tion to any­one over the phone or by email, with­out first check­ing with your own tele­phone provider, bank or build­ing so­ci­ety that it is a gen­uine en­quiry.

A re­cently-re­ported mat­ter in Black­wood re­sulted in a man in his 70s be­ing de­frauded of a thou­sand pounds us­ing such a scam as de­tailed pre­vi­ously. Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Black­wood and Kirk­muirhill has also seen a spike in break-ins to ve­hi­cles in re­cent weeks, par­tic­u­larly vans and on oc­ca­sion work tools have been taken. It would ap­pear likely that th­ese in­ci­dents are hap­pen­ing overnight. I would ask ev­ery­one in this area to re­main vig­i­lant and to con­tact po­lice if you see or hear any­thing sus­pi­cious.

The gro­cer’s shop in Howard Street, Larkhall, was tar­geted by would-be thieves who at­tempted to break through the outer wall of the premises around 2.45am on Mon­day, Septem­ber 10. For­tu­nately those re­spon­si­ble were un­able to gain en­try but it is likely that some­one in the lo­cal area knows who is re­spon­si­ble. If you have any in­for­ma­tion that would as­sist, con­tact PC Mcmil­lan at Larkhall Po­lice Of­fice.

Fi­nally, a house was bro­ken into on Dun­lop Cres­cent, Both­well, on the evening of Fri­day, Septem­ber 7, and a quan­tity of jew­ellery was taken. A male was seen in the area just be­fore the in­ci­dent and is de­scribed as white, 5ft 11ins, slim build with short grey hair and wear­ing a blue top and dark trousers .This may have been a wit­ness and would en­cour­age him or any­one else with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact PC Clark of the Ud­dingston/both­well Lo­cal Prob­lem Solv­ing Team.

with­sergean­tjon Mcleish

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