Bo­gus caller warn­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil are urg­ing res­i­dents in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang to keep them­selves safe from bo­gus call­ers.

The author­ity was mark­ing the end of Scam Aware­ness Month which took place through­out July.

Bo­gus call­ers a re con­tin­u­ing to tar­get el­derly and vul­ner­a­ble house­hold­ers across the UK – even pos­ing as trad­ing stan­dards of­fi­cers to dupe their vic­tims.

Ear­lier this year, the Re­former re­ported that a 79-year-old man was conned out of £2000 by three bo­gus work­men in the Bankhead area of Ruther­glen.

Coun­cil­lor Hamish Ste­wart, chair of the coun­cil’s commu n i t y ser­vices com­mit­tee, said: “As an author­ity that pro­vides a trad­ing stan­dards func­tion these kind of cases re­ally con­cern us.

“All too of­ten crim­i­nals pose as char­ity work­ers, trad­ing stan­dards of­fi­cers, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and even the po­lice, to gain peo­ple’s trust.

“But if a gen­uine per­son comes to your door they will be only too happy to wait while you check their iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, or if you tell them to come back another time be­cause you are un­sure.

“Like any pub­lic of­fi­cial, our trad­ing stan­dards of­fi­cers would never ask for money from the pub­lic, let alone a vic­tim, to help bring a crim­i­nal to jus­tice.”

South La­nark­shire of­fi­cers high­lighted one case which saw a cou­ple from Sur­rey lose £900,000 in a scam in­volv­ing a bo­gus trad­ing stan­dards of­fi­cer.

Gary An­drew Booker, 55, was jailed for three-and-ahalf years for his part in the crime, ear­lier this month.

Res­i­dents who think they have been tar­geted by fraud­sters, or have ac­tu­ally fallen vic­tim, can re­port it to Ac­tion Fraud on 0300 123 2040. For lo­cal ad­vice email South La­nark­shire Trad­ing Stan­dards at con­sumer. en­quiries@south­la­nark­shire. gov.uk.

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