Alert pensioner foils gold ring scam in town centre

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A PAIR of suspected con artists targeted a woman in a gold ring scam.

The woman, who asked not to be named, had just left Morrisons supermarket, in Bishopbriggs, when she was confronted by a woman with a foreign accent - thought to be Eastern European.

The warning bells started to ring when the woman tried to get her to take a large gold-coloured ring, without any explanation.

The concerned shopper said: “At her back a man pretended to be looking for something in the boot of their old four-door silver car.

“The engine was running and it was so obvious it was a scam. When I mentioned that the police may be interested in them they took off.

“I dread to think that some elderly person could have been conned by them. It’s really not nice feeling threatened in my home town.”

The woman was unable to note the car’s registration number before the couple drove off and didn’t report the incident to police.

Constable Siobhan McCandlish told the Herald that the woman had done everything right - but should have reported the incident to the police.

She said: “At the end of the day the more we know about these sorts of crimes the better.

“The person targeted may not think they have anything important to report, but little pieces of information can be important.”

She added: “Never allow anybody you don’t know to put an item of jewellery on you and always be aware of maintaining your personal space.

“Always remember that if something seems too good to be true it usually is. If in doubt, call the police.”

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