Doorstep caller steals five-figure sum from pensioner’s online bank account

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An elderly man was defrauded of tens of thousands of pounds after opening his door to a caller in the Scottish Borders.

The 85-year-old man was at home in the Shedden Park Road area of Kelso on October 30 when a man called saying he was there to check the security on the pensioner’s computer.

He was allowed into the man’s home and given access to a laptop where a five-figure sum of money was removed from the victim’s internet banking accounts.

Inquiries are ongoing to identify the suspect and Police Scotland have reminded people in the community never to let any unsolicited callers into their homes or provide them with access to personal details or information.

Inspector John Scott said: “The callous individual responsible for this scam has clearly targeted an elderly man and has stolen a significant sum of cash from the victim’s internet banking accounts.

“We are pursuing a number of local lines of inquiry to trace this male and anyone with information is asked to come forward.

“The public are advised never to let those they do not know and trust gain entry to their homes, and do not provide anyone with your personal information that allows them to access your bank accounts.”

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