Bogus caller alert in Broughty Ferry

INQUIRIES are being carried out by police in Broughty Ferry after a 93-year-old householder was conned into handing over her bank card by a bogus roofer.

The woman answered her door in Claypotts Place at around midday on Thursday to find a man aged between 40 and 50 years on her doorstep. He was about five feet eight inches tall, of medium build with short dark brown hair.

He offered to repair her roans and even though the woman was reluctant at first, he persisted and eventually persuaded her to have the work done.

He then persuaded her to hand him her bank card and PIN number and he left in a modern looking red car.

A short time later, another man called at her door and advised her that the PIN she had provided the other man was incorrect and so she gave him the PIN number again.

Soon after, the woman became suspicious of what had happened and checked with her bank. They confirmed that a three-figure sum had been withdrawn.

Tayside Police urges residents to be on their guard against cold callers and bogus workmen who arrive unannounced at their door and offer services such as building work and repairs gardening work, the removal of rubbish, or general tidying up.

Anyone who has information regarding bogus workmen can contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222. Details such as vehicle registration numbers and descriptions of the individuals involved are invaluable.

People can also call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.