An elderly Rothesay resident lost £700 after giving her bank details to a stranger over the phone.
The case is one of three being investigated by Argyll and Bute Council’s trading standards officers and reported at a meeting of the Bute Community Safety Forum this week.
The forum was told that in the case of the lost £700, the resident in question had been asked for her bank details to cover the cost of postage for a free sample of a product.
Trading standards officer Jim Howard told the meeting: “People sometimes don’t think about how far it could go and how serious the consequences could be.”
Ellen Cromack from the Bute Forum for Older Voices told the meeting: “Quite a lot of older people who answer the phone need taken care of themselves - they don’t stop to think about what they’re being asked to do.”
Remember that banks and other reputable organisations will never ask you to reveal your bank details over the phone: never give those details away to someone you don’t trust.