Phone scammers target the elderly
Police warn residents to beware suspect calls
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