Warning over bogus callers

A Lenzie woman who was targeted by a bogus caller asking for cash for a charity magazine is warning 
residents to be vigilant.

The caller, who was wearing an identity label, was selling copies of a magazine for £3.

The 50-year-old woman, who does not want to be named, told the Herald: “I thought this was a scam. I challenged the man at the door and he got all flustered and took off. I also informed the police.

“I want to warn other people. Elderly householders in particular, may feel intimidated by someone coming to their door, especially on a dark winter’s night.”

A police spokesman said: “Remember the dangers bogus callers can bring.

“If you receive any suspicious caller, do not allow them into your property and decline whatever they are offering you.

“Phone the company they claim to work for. Genuine callers will not mind you checking up on them.

“Take down as much detail about the suspicious person as possible, such as appearance, accent, the company they claim to work for and detail about any vehicle they may be using, including registration number, and hand it in to police.”

Diane Campbell, Director of Governance and Regulation for East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “Our advice to residents is to decline any unsolicited approaches from doorstep callers,from tradespeople to magazine sellers.

“Our Trading Standards team has not received any complaints about the sale of this magazine and we are keen to speak to the reader who contacted the Kirkintilloch Herald and would ask him to get in touch with the Duty Officer at Trading Standards on 0141 578 8813.

“We would also urge anyone else who suspects bogus callers are operating within their area to contact us and/or the police as soon as possible.”