Cops crack down on traders who attempt to flout the law

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Police Scotland have issued a stark warning to potential bogus traders - ‘We will track you down and you will be arrested’.

They are currently running a multi-agency campaign in partnership with East Dunbartonshire Trading Standards and VOSA to target this crime which often worst affects the elderly and vulnerable people within our communities.

Last Thursday was ‘prevention day’ with several events being staged throughout East Dunbartonshire including a trailer in Milngavie precinct where members of the public could go for advice about bogus workmen and cold callers.

They were also advising people to be vigilant about phone calls they receive which claim that they have won a prize and they must pay a deposit to claim it or that their bank account has been compromised and they must reveal their password.

Inspector John Hunter said: “A legitimate call from your bank would never request your password - never disclose that information to anyone.

“Our message to bogus traders is clear - we will track you down and you will be arrested and brought to justice.

“This is a despicable crime to get involved in which preys on the most vulnerable people and we are determined to catch the culprits.”

Advice was also on hand at an ‘Old People Wellbeing Event’ in Kirkintilloch leisure centre and at an ethnic minority daycare centre in St Ninian’s Church Hall in Kirkintilloch last week.

Police officers have also been visiting the victims of this crime to offer reassurance and advice about how to prevent it from happening again as often the same people are targeted repeatedly.

On Thursday, October 3, the police staged an ‘enforcement day’ when they pulled over 330 vehicles in East Dunbartonshire for spot checks. While they didn’t catch any bogus traders, Inspector Hunter said: “A number of people we stopped have been of interest and we are gathering intelligence about them. We also made several arrests for a variety of driving offences.”

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