Police hunt 'cross-dressing rogue' who stole from OAP

Police are hunting a "cross-dressing rogue" who posed as an elderly woman to steal £11,000 from her bank account.

The man donned a wig, make-up and camel coat to withdraw his victim's money at Royal Bank of Scotland branches in Glasgow and North Lanarkshire.

The 76-year-old woman had been targeted in a phone scam during which she disclosed her pin number and handed over her card to a bogus courier.

Her cash was stolen between 11:20 and 12:00 on 2 February.

The thief withdrew the money from Royal Bank of Scotland branches in Charing Cross in Glasgow city centre and in Cleland, North Lanarkshire.

Phone 'hustle'

Police were called after staff raised concerns about the "square-jawed" impersonator.

A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said: "An extensive inquiry is under way after a cross-dressing rogue targeted an elderly lady.

"The hustle started in January when the elderly female received a phone call from someone telling her to phone the bank.

"As a result of subsequent discussions, the cardholder disclosed her pin number and made arrangements for a courier to collect her card."

Police are examining witness interviews and CCTV footage to try to trace the man.

PC James Ruddell, of Strathclyde Police, issued a warning over similar scams.

He said: "The actual bank card has no monetary value. If there is a problem with the card, the bank would ask you to destroy it and a new card and pin would be sent to you.

"No bank staff know your pin and they will never ask for it. No-one else should ever know your pin, not your husband, wife or children."

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