Bank staff undo scammers

An elderly Ettrickbridge resident had a lucky escape after vigilant bank staff foiled two scammers.

Police have reported that on Tuesday, June 28, two men had carried out overpriced gardening work and persuaded their victim to drive to the bank to withdraw “significant funds” for payment.

However, bank staff became suspicious and no money changed hands, with the matter being reported to Police, who are investigating along with Trading Standards.

Police have stressed that they do not recommend engaging with any doorstep cold-callers selling goods or services.

Residents are also urged to look out for any vulnerable neighbours potentially being targeted by doorstep callers, and to report any suspicious vehicles or callers immediately by phoning 101 or 999 in an emergency.

For further information on how to spot rogue traders and advice on how to protect yourself, family and neighbours visit the Doorstep Crime and Bogus Callers page on the Police Scotland website.