Bogus callers on the prowl

BOGUS callers preying on the elderly in the southside are being targeted by police.

Locals have been warned to be extra vigilant following a number of incidents in the area.

Superintendent Gillian MacDonald based at Govan police office said: “Several arrests have already been made in connection with these crimes in the southside and we are determined to identify the people involved in these further incidents.

“We have been working closely with banks and building societies in the area and our partner agencies.

“We have also increased our policing presence in local neighbourhoods to deter and detect those responsible”.

Last week, an 81-year-old Shawlands woman had a three figure sum stolen following a plot by a bogus caller.

The pensioner received a phone call from a man claiming to be an employee from her bank and he tricked the pensioner into revealing her pin number and security code during the conversation.

He stated that the courier would quote this when he came to collect her bank card.

A short time later an Asian male described as 5’ 8” in height, slim build with black hair wearing a dark coloured jumper with a zip and dark jeans and shoes arrived at the woman’s home and took her bank card.

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at Govan police office on 532 5566. Alternatively calls can be made via CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.

Meanwhile, rogue workers are being targeted by East Renfrewshire council and the community police following reports of a slew of fraudsters in the area.

The crackdown on illegal home maintenance workers followed a number of complaints from residents.

ERC trading standards officer Steve Fox said: “We regularly deal with complaints from residents, particularly the elderly who have fallen victim to here-today-gone-tomorrow, rogue workmen.

“Often they have carried out shoddy and over priced work”.

Campbell Crawford, community police inspector for East Renfrewshire, said: “My officers working will do whatever we can to prosecute and ultimately prevent these people plying their trade in this area.

“I would encourage all residents to display their No Cold Calling stickers. It’s important for people to remember that it is their doorstep and they have the right to say no to any goods or services being offered”.

The stickers have been widely circulated in East Ren.