Warning after pensioner duped in email scam

A ELDERLY woman in Jedburgh has been duped out of a four figure sum of money in an email scam.

And police are warning the Borders public to have no truck with requests for financial assistance from people claiming to be friends in distress in foreign countries.

Last week, the pensioner received an email, purporting to be from a friend whose name she recognised, requesting urgent financial assistance to pay for bills in Spain. The “friend” sought 1,500 euros after claiming his wallet had been stolen and promised to repay the money on his return to the UK.

She became suspicious when she received a further request for cash and reported the matter the police. It was subsequently discovered that the personal computer of the woman’s friend had been hacked into and its details had been used fraudulently.

“We urge the public to be vigilant,” said a police spokesperson.