Woman, 85, scammed out of £40,000

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Policeman going into a houseA pensioner has been conned out of £40,000 by a man pretending to be a policeman.

The 85-year-old woman was told by the scammer that someone had tried to take money from her bank account and that she needed to transfer her funds to another account.


He gave her the new account details, but they were for a bogus account.

The woman, from Heathhall in Dumfries, then went to the bank and transferred £40,000 into the account.

Police said it was a "complete scam" and the victim has been defrauded of the money.

Detective Sergeant Billy Thomson, of the fraud and financial investigation unit of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, said: "This is a particularly despicable scam as it uses the trust that local people have in their local police to give credibility to their scam.

"Similar types of scams have come to light across the central belt in Scotland, however this is the first time we have had a report of one like this in Dumfries and Galloway.

"This is yet another stark reminder to people that no matter who someone claims to be on the telephone, never ever give out any personal details or banking details.

"Banks, building societies and the police will never ask for this type of information over the phone."
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