Pensioners are conned out of thousands

Police are warning people to be on their guard against phone fraud after three elderly victims were conned out of thousands of pounds.

The unsuspecting OAPs, from Bearsden and Bishopbriggs, were duped into transferring funds from their bank accounts by the scammers.

Police said two of the victims were contacted by phone by a man who claimed to be from the fraud section of their banks and convinced them to transfer the cash.

The other received a call from a fraudster claiming he wanted to buy their shares and persuaded the elderly victim to provide a “significant amount of bogus upfront fees over a protracted period”.

Police said the stolen cash ran into “many thousands of pounds”.

Chief Inspector Rob Hay, local divisional commander, said elderly people were at particular risk of these types of scams but added that everyone should be aware of basic precautions.

He said: “Although fraud comes in many forms, there are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself from this crime.

“Do not give any personal information to organisations or people before verifying their credentials.

“Be extremely wary of post, phone calls or emails offering you business deals out of the blue. If an offer seems to be too good to be true, it probably is. Always question it.”

Chief Inspector Hay advised anyone who felt they were the victim of such a crime to immediately contact Police Scotland or seek the assistance of Trading Standards, Citizens Advice or their own bank. To contact Police Scotland call 101.