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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.”