OAP conned

B ut they drank tea with her first

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

A pen­sioner was conned out of more than £ 2000 af­ter a cruel scam on Fri­day, Au­gust 19. The 94 year old was tar­geted at her home in Fern­hill by two men claim­ing she needed work done to her house

Bo­gus work­men ac­cepted hos­pi­tal­ity and tea from a Fern­hill pen­sioner be­fore steal­ing thou­sands of pounds from her.

The evil duo told the 94 year old woman her gut­ter and wall needed work done.

She handed over £2100 and even made cups of tea for the pair but they never re­turned to carry out the work to her Neil­vaig Drive home.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on Fri­day morn­ing.

A rel­a­tive of the vic­tim took to the Fern­hill Face­book page to warn oth­ers of the cruel con.

She wrote that her gran had a “fail­ing mem­ory,” which made her an easy tar­get.

A num­ber of peo­ple on the page re­ported see­ing the van.

The news left the com­mu­nity stunned, with some res­i­dents say­ing they had spot­ted the van on that day.

Davy O’Neil, who runs the Fern­hill Face­book page, said: “The feel­ing here is of anger.

“There is a lot of CCTV at the shops so the po­lice should use that to catch these peo­ple.

“Neil­vaig is a quiet street with a lot of elderly peo­ple. It’s just shock­ing.”

Councillor Robert Brown, whose Ruther­glen South ward cov­ers Fern­hill, said: “These scams are de­spi­ca­ble, par­tic­u­larly when tar­geted at elderly peo­ple.

“It is al­most al­ways a bad idea to deal with peo­ple call­ing on spec at the door, par­tic­u­larly when they claim to be work­ing with the coun­cil or other pub­lic bod­ies.

“Neighbours can be very help­ful in re­port­ing such ap­proaches to the po­lice.”

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.

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the lat­est crime.

PC Laura Tay­lor said: “Be­tween 10.30am and 12pm on Fri­day, Au­gust 19, two bo­gus work­men at­tended at the home ad­dress of a 94-yearold fe­male at Neil­vaig Drive, Ruther­glen.

“The males per­suaded the elderly fe­male to pay them £2100 cash for rough­cast­ing to her prop­erty, work which they never car­ried out.

“The first male is de­scribed as white Scot­tish, aged ap­prox­i­mately 30-35 years old, slim build, short dark brown hair wear­ing a grey jumper and dark bot­toms.

“Un­for­tu­nately there is no de­scrip­tion for the sec­ond male but both were within a red van with white writ­ing on the side which ad­ver­tised pipe clean­ing and rough­cast­ing.

“We are ap­peal­ing to any­one who ob­served the sus­pect males or sus­pect ve­hi­cle in the Fern­hill area around the time of this in­ci­dent.

“If they have any in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion to this in­ci­dent please con­tact us via 101 or al­ter­nately they can pro­vide in­for­ma­tion anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.”

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