Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Police warning over bogus caller in Edinburgh

Police are warning people in Edinburgh to beware of bogus callers after a man posing as a Scottish Power employee gained entry to a woman's home.

The bogus worker entered under the pretence of checking the elderly woman's account details at about 15:00 on Friday in Northfield Grove.

The man left with one of her invoices saying he would photocopy it, but he never returned.

After he left, the woman realised her purse was missing.

The thief is white, 5ft 6ins tall, of slim build and between 28 and 30 years old.

He was unshaven with short dark hair, and was wearing a white shirt with black jeans and shoes. He was carrying a black laptop-style bag.

Det Con Gary McLean, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "This man appeared to be very plausible, as the woman had noticed he had an ID badge before letting him into her home.

"We would appeal for anyone who might recognise the description of the suspect, or who may have seen this man acting suspiciously in the area on Friday, to contact us.

"We would urge people to stay vigilant and remind them to carefully verify the identity of any cold callers before letting anyone through the door.

"Any genuine employees will be happy to wait on the doorstep while you call their management to confirm their visit."

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