Hang up on latest telephone scam

Police in Rothesay have issued a warning after a Bute woman was targeted in a phone scam bid.
Police in Rothesay have issued a warning after a Bute woman was targeted in a phone scam bid.

An East Dunbartonshire pensioner is warning people to beware of phone scammers operating in the area.

A bogus caller, posing as a tax officer, told Jean Watson (75) she was eligible for a tax refund.

The caller asked for her bank details and when she refused, the scammer hung up.

Jean said: “She said she a tax officer from the Ministry of Justice, so I was immediately suspicious.

“I just don’t want anyone vulnerable to be conned by this scammer.”

A spokesperson for East Dunbartonshire Trading Standards said there were countless numbers of telephone scams on the go, and people who receive these types of calls should be “very wary.”

“The scammers are becoming more sophisticated in their approaches and local residents should be very careful not to divulge any personal information whatsoever when receiving calls of this nature.”

If you are concerned about a phone call you have received, contact East Dunbartonshire Trading Standards on 0300 1234510 or e-mail trading.standards@eastdunbarton.gov.uk.