CONMAN SWIPES £8K FROM VUL­NER­A­BLE PEN­SIONER

Vic­tim’s bank ac­count was raided for weeks

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - David Camp­bell

A vul­ner­a­ble Pais­ley man has been conned out of thou­sands of pounds af­ter be­ing caught up in a cruel fraud.

The vic­tim lost around £8,000 over the course of a month af­ter a thief raided his bank ac­count.

Po­lice say the man, 65, who lives in the town’s Gal­lowhill area, dis­cov­ered the month -long theft and called the cops.

The crook car­ried out the heart­less scheme be­tween Septem­ber 28 and Oc­to­ber 27, and the dis­traught vic­tim alerted the au­thor­i­ties this week.

Of­fi­cers prob­ing the in­ci­dent fear the man’s bank card may

have been stolen and used to empty his ac­count.

They are now in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent and have ap­pealed for peo­ple to be aware of any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity on their ac­counts.

In­spec­tor Tracy Harkins, from Pais­ley’s com­mu­nity polic­ing team, said: “Of­fi­cers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter a vul­ner­a­ble Pais­ley man lost a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money through fraud.

“Over the course of a month, a sig­nif­i­cant sum of money was taken from the man’s ac­count and we are now mak­ing en­quiries into who is re­spon­si­ble. This is a hor­ri­ble crime in­volv­ing a vul­ner­a­ble man.

“We are keen to trace the per­son be­hind the fraud and I would urge any­one who may have in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion to it, to come for­ward.

“I would also like to warn peo­ple to mon­i­tor their bank ac­counts to make sure there is no sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity.

“Can I also urge peo­ple who are re­spon­si­ble for look­ing af­ter bank ac­counts of the vul­ner­a­ble or el­derly peo­ple also keep a very close eye on trans­ac­tions.

“Again, if you sus­pect any fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­ity please alert the bank and the po­lice so it can be stopped im­me­di­ately.”

Crim­i­nals prey­ing on vul­ner­a­ble or el­derly peo­ple is in­creas­ing, with bo­gus and doorstep crime now a top pri­or­ity for com­mu­nity of­fi­cers.

In Oc­to­ber an 84- year- old par­tially- sighted woman was fleeced by out of a three fig­ure sum of cash by a bo­gus work­man in Foxbar Road, Pais­ley.

And a 59-year-old woman was duped into hand­ing over more than £ 1,000 for gut­ter work that was never car­ried out in Ersk­ine in Septem­ber.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion, you should con­tact po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

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