Pensioner conned out of cash sum

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Police are warning people to be vigilant after an elderly man was conned into handing over a four figure sum of money to bogus workmen.

The East Dunbartonshire resident, who is in his eighties, handed over the cash for unnecessary work to be carried out on his house roof.

Having handed over the money, the OAP then went to his bank to withdraw additional cash to pay for materials to complete the work.

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However, an eagle-eyed teller became suspicious and alerted the police.

Local CID officers are now following a positive line of enquiry.

And local community police officers in conjunction with East Dunbartonshire Council’s Trading Standards are stepping up their efforts to raise awareness of the issue and detect offenders.

Community policing officers will be attending various community meetings in the coming weeks to offer practical advice on how to avoid being a victim of door step crime. In addition, they will be increasing the number of joint patrols with Trading Standards to target and detect offenders.

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Clive Lewis, from East Dunbartonshire Council’s Trading Standards department, said: “Genuine sales and utility staff or traders will have identification badges on them and will be more than happy to show them.

“You should not hesitate in keeping someone on the doorstep whilst checking they are who they say they are.

“Companies will always be happy to confirm details.

“Our advice is to always use door chains, check who the caller is and confirm their identity. If you’re not sure, don’t open the door.”

Chief Inspector Craig Smith said: “This is an appalling crime that targets vulnerable members of our communities.

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“In the weeks and months we will be keeping people safe by working closely with key partners, including Trading Standards, local banks and VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) to raise awareness and target those involved in carrying out this type of crime.”

Chief Inspector Smith added: “Residents who have any concerns about suspicious activity should contact the police on 101 or, if they feel threatened, on 999.

“Information can also be passed on to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.”