Two elderly women lose thousands after 'callous' scammers claim to be police 

Police warned scammers may claim to be police officers concerned with fraudulent activity on the victim's bank card.

Two elderly women lose thousands after ‘callous’ scammers claim to be police in East Dunbartonshire iStock

Two elderly women in East Dunbartonshire have fallen victim to bank scams in recent weeks as police warn people to be on their guard.

The women, aged 78 and 80 had four and five-figure sums of money taken from their accounts after scammers contacted them by phone claiming to be police officers.

Police warned that in these cases the scammers claimed to be Glasgow based officers with concerns regarding the fraudulent use of the victim’s bank card and ask them to assist with their investigation.

The force confirmed that in these cases the scammers convince the caller they are genuine, then ask the victim to transfer funds or ask them to visit their local branch to withdraw money that can be collected by the fraudsters.

There have been seven other cases where the victims, aged between 66 and 86 years, did not withdraw or transfer money.

Local area commander for East Dunbartonshire, chief inspector Aidan Higgins, said: “Extensive enquiries are being carried out by a team of specialist officers to identify those responsible.

“I would like to highlight this scam and ask people to please be vigilant. I urge everyone with an elderly relative or neighbour to make them aware of this type of fraud as soon as possible.

“Police Officers or your bank will never ask you to transfer money to another account or withdraw money from your account. They will never ask you to disclose personal financial information.

“These callous criminals prey on the most vulnerable people in our communities. They go to great lengths to appear legitimate, including having your personal details.

“The victims think they are assisting with a police investigation and are extremely upset and distressed when they find out they have been the victim of fraud.

“If you receive a call of this nature, do not engage with the caller and hang up. It is a scam. If you’re unsure, take a few moments to think. Note the caller’s telephone number, hang up and contact police on 101.”

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