On Tuesday 28/06/2016 an elderly resident in Ettrickbridge has been targeted by two men who have carried out overpriced casual gardening work and then persuaded the victim to drive to the bank to withdraw significant funds for payment. Fortunately, vigilant bank staff have become suspicious and no money has changed hands and the matter has been reported to Police. The matter is currently under investigation by Police and Trading Standards. The men were travelling in a white LDV van.
We DO NOT recommend engaging with any doorstep cold-callers selling goods or services.
Please look out for any vulnerable neighbours potentially being targeted by doorstep callers and always report any suspicious vehicles or callers to us immediately by phoning 101 or 999 in an emergency. Note as much detail as possible including descriptions of callers, vehicle type, colour, registration number and direction of travel.
For further information on how to spot rogue traders and advice on how to protect yourself, family and neighbours visit our Doorstep Crime and Bogus Callers page on the Police Scotland website
For any community interested in introducing a No Cold Calling Zone in their area please contact your local community beat officer via 101.
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Nick Walker (Police Scotland, Constable, Scottish Borders)
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