Police issue warning after attempts to con cash out of elderly

Police are appealing for information after a 76-year-old woman was conned out of thousands of pounds by fraudsters and two further attempts were made on older people in the Forfar area last week.

Mark Dowie
Tuesday, 23rd November 2021, 3:00pm
Police issue warning after attempts to con cash out of elderly
The three incidents occurred in the Forfar area last week.

Between Monday, November 15 and Friday, November 19, scammers pretending to be from the person's bank contacted by phone three people in an effort to steal thousands of pounds from them.

Sergeant Andy Sheppard, Police Scotland, Tayside Division said: "This type of crime plays on the trust of people who would never think that an approach from the 'police' or 'their bank' would be fraudulent.

"We would urge people with elderly relatives or friends to let them know that this has happened and to encourage them to let family, friends or the police know if it has happened to them, even if they have just been called by someone out of the blue claiming to be from their bank reporting suspicious activity but didn't act on it.

"If you are called by somebody stating they are a police officer or from your bank and you’re unsure who they are, terminate the call, wait a few minutes as sometimes the fraudster waits on the line, then call 101 or your bank to check if the call is genuine.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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