Appeal for witnesses over bogus caller scam

Bogus Callers
Bogus Callers

POLICE have appealed for witnesses after an elderly Thornliebank couple were conned out of money by bogus callers.

The couple (aged 75 and 76), of Invergarry Drive, were visited at home on Tuesday, November 12 by a man who told them that their guttering needed replaced.

A price was agreed and he left in a grey or silver car, promising to return later.

He did, at 3pm, this time with a younger man in a blue van, who proceeded on to the roof to carry out the repair. The worker came down from the roof shortly after, and informed the couple that rotting wood would also need replaced.

The elderly couple handed over more than £1,000, and the men left to buy material needed for the repair — but they did not return and no work was carried out.

The first bogus caller is described as white, 5ft6 and was wearing a jumper and dress trousers at the time. The young man is described as white, 6ft and of slim build — he was wearing a t-shirt, jeans and builders boots.

Detective constable Jacquie MacIntyre, of Pollok station, said: “I would urge anyone who was in Thornliebank this week and who may have seen the two suspects in the area to contact police immediately.

“People who target elderly members of the public in their own homes are despicable, and it is totally unacceptable to leave elderly people feeling vulnerable in their home.

“It may be that there are other people in the area who have been approached by these men, who haven’t come forward to police. If you have had someone at your door recently that you were unsure of, or if an elderly relative has informed you of an incident, I would like to hear from you.”

Anyone with information is asked to call non-emergency number 101, or Crimstoppers, where anonymity can be maintained, on 0800 555 111.