Voucher scam bid targets Bute resident

Police in Rothesay have issued a warning after a Bute woman was targeted in a phone scam bid.
Police in Rothesay have issued a warning after a Bute woman was targeted in a phone scam bid.

Police in Rothesay have warned householders on Bute to be on their guard after a local resident only narrowly avoided being the victim of an attempted phone scam.

Local sergeant Dave Wilkinson said the woman had received a call from a man using the name ‘Andrew Gordon’, who claimed the woman was entitled to a refund of £2,775 in connection with a bank or credit card - but said she would have to pay costs of £275 via a Ukash voucher in order to obtain the refund.

The woman - who had the foresight to note the phone number from which the call was made - apparently attended her branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland, who redirected her to the Co-op.

“The Co-op thankfully queried it and actually phoned the company to tell them they would not be receiving any payment and not to re-contact the lady,” Sgt Wilkinson said.

“The bank then confirmed that they would never ask for payment for a refund. Just to make it clear, it was a fraudulent scheme.”