Tayside and Central Scotland

Alyth man, 78, conned out of £20,000 of savings

A 78-year-old man has been conned out of £20,000 by a man who called at his home claiming to be a bank official.

The fraudster persuaded the pensioner his current bank card was defunct and gave him a new one, taking the old one with him when he left.

Later in the week, the bank contacted the victim of the fraud, from Alyth in Perth and Kinross, concerned that thousands of pounds had been withdrawn.

Tayside Police said the incident happened on 16 November.

The conman was described as being in his late 30s to early 40s, about 5ft 6in tall, of medium build and with dark hair.

Police said he had a foreign accent and was wearing a suit, tie and smart shoes. He also had a clipboard and wore an identity card when he called at the man's house at about 11:00.

A Tayside Police spokesman said: "People looking to persuade residents into providing personal and financial details, or parting with the money often adopt high-pressure techniques, are well-practiced in their patter and can very much look and sound the part.

"They can be very convincing to whoever answers the door or phone to them and be difficult to get rid of.

"Very often it is the elderly and more vulnerable members of the community that they call on."

The force said this latest scam was one of a number currently being investigated by officers.

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