Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Bank staff stop conmen duping OAP in Fife

Fife bank staff have been commended by police for stopping an elderly man being duped out of thousands of pounds.

A man called at the home of an 82-year-old man in Kinglassie and asked him for a large sum of money for roof repairs on 19 January.

As he did not have the money, the man took him to a white Ford Transit van, where a second man was waiting.

They drove him to a Bank of Scotland in Glenrothes but bank staff thought it was suspicious and contacted police.

PC Ross Fisher, of Fife Constabulary, said: "This is a despicable act, where two people have tried to exploit an unsuspecting elderly man. Had it not been for the vigilant Bank of Scotland staff, the two men would almost certainly have defrauded the elderly man of a large sum of money.

"I would like to thank the staff at Bank of Scotland for their outstanding efforts in preventing this crime."

The branch involved was in the Kingdom Centre.

A spokesman for Bank of Scotland said: "We are delighted that the actions of our quick thinking staff prevented the customer from being another victim of fraud.

"This incident is a reminder for us all to watch over the elderly members of our community and we would urge people to be on their guard for unscrupulous scams such as this."

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