Rothesay police in bogus caller warning

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Police in Rothesay have received a report of possible bogus callers operating on Bute.

As a result of the report, which was received yesterday (Wednesday, July 4), Inspector Gordon Anderson of Strathclyde Police has issued the following statement.

“Yesterday, Wednesday, July 4, we received a report of possible bogus callers operating on the isle of Bute.

“By their nature, bogus worker criminals target the elderly and exploit their vulnerabilities and frailties. The elderly can be more trusting than the younger generation which can expose them more to this type of crime.

“There is no legislative definition of a bogus caller crime, but experience tells us that the following are examples of a bogus caller crime:

(a) Incidents where consumers have been ‘cold called’.

(b) It refers to the practice of deliberately overcharging for unsatisfactory goods and/or services. This includes charging for unnecessary work, damaging property deliberately in order to obtain money, leaving work unfinished and intimidating behaviour in order to extort money.

(c) Pretending to be a bona fide tradesman with the intention of distracting the victim to commit a crime of theft.

“It is known that the offenders travel large distances to commit crime and some of the teams exchange information with other criminal associates which can lead to repeat victimisation.

“Police advice is to check identities of persons ‘cold calling’ and contact the police if you any doubts about the credibility of such persons or are concerned regarding similar working practices.”

Reports of bogus callers are rare on Bute, and police believe the persons responsible may be from off the island.