Phone scam­mers tar­get the el­derly

Po­lice warn res­i­dents to be­ware sus­pect calls

The Galloway News - - NEWS - Stephen Nor­ris

An el­derly Gal­loway man lost a four-fig­ure sum of cash in a phone scam.

The 76-year-old was one of three peo­ple in Dum­fries and Gal­loway tar­geted by fraud­sters who alerted cops.

An 82-year-old man in Dum­fries was conned out of £38,000.

He handed the money over to a courier af­ter be­ing told that at­tempts had been made to move a large amount of cash from his bank ac­count

The man who lost the four-fig­ure sum, a New­ton Stewart pen­sioner, was duped by a smooth-talk­ing con artist who also claimed that there had been fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­ity on his bank ac­count.

But he was warned that it may be a bank em­ployee in­volved and urged not to con­tact his branch or the po­lice.

The pen­sioner was in­structed to move money from his ac­count into an­other pro­vided by the scam­mer.

The third in­tended vic­tim, from the Ste­wartry, was more for­tu­nate.

The scam was spot­ted by his bank be­fore he lost any money.

The in­ci­dents prompted po­lice to put out a warn­ing to peo­ple in Dum­fries and Gal­loway.

Con­sta­ble Tom Dingwall, who is based at Cas­tle Dou­glas, told the Stan­dard: “We are high­light­ing this scam so that peo­ple are aware of it.

“If you think you are re­ceiv­ing any sus­pi­cious calls, just hang up on the per­son.

“Un­for­tu­nately, those com­mit­ting this type of fraud are quite in­no­va­tive and use words and phrases which are likely to hook their vic­tim.”

He added: “Our ad­vice is, do not give out any per­sonal in­for­ma­tion or bank de­tails over the phone and al­ways, stop, think and check with a friend, rel­a­tive or neigh­bour be­fore tak­ing any ac­tion.”

Any vic­tims of such crimes, or any­one with any con­cerns can con­tact their lo­cal po­lice sta­tion via 101. For fur­ther ad­vice for keep­ing safe, visit the per­sonal safety page of the web­site, www. scot­land.po­lice.uk/keep-safe/ per­sonal-safety.

Scam high­lighted Cas­tle Dou­glas PC Tom Dingwall warned peo­ple about the lat­est con

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