Police Scotland have issued an alert for bogus callers in the Banff area, bogus callers are known to travel so it is worth being aware in the Turriff area as well.
Police are urging residents in Aberdeenshire to be wary of ‘bogus callers’ offering to reclaim monies such as unpaid taxes on their behalf in return for providing them with a fee.
This comes after an incident was reported in the Banff area, where an offer was made on condition that the person concerned attended at a specified location in possession of an agreed fee in the form of a postal order or cash.
Constable Shonagh MacGregor, of the Banff Community Policing Team, said
There are a few simple steps the public can take to prevent them from becoming a victim of this type of crime.
Do not agree to meet with anyone to provide money or agree to be taken to the bank to withdraw money, as reputable companies will not request this. If you feel intimidated by a caller or are suspicious, hang up and call the police.
Please warn any elderly neighbours and relatives about the risks of these types of incidents and, if possible, notify your local Neighbourhood Watch contacts if you suspect they are operating in your area.
Anyone with any information regarding these types of incidents is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if they wish to remain anonymous.