Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for information and issuing a warning to the public after an elderly man was defrauded of several thousand pounds in Kelso.
An 85-year-old man was within his home in Tweedsyde Park on Monday 30th October when a male attended at the property and advised they were there to check the security on his computer.
After being given access to the house and a laptop within, a five-figure sum has been removed from the victim's internet banking accounts.
Inquiries are ongoing to identify the suspect and communities are reminded never to let any unsolicited callers into their homes or provide them with access to any of your personal details or information.
Inspector John Scott said: "The callous individual responsible for this scam has clearly targeted an elderly man and successfully 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.
"If you would like any advice on crime prevention then you can either visit www.scotland.police.uk or call 101 to speak to a local officer."
Those with information can contact Kelso Police Station via 101 and quote incident number 1084 of the 30th October. Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Kirsty Neish (Police Scotland, Constable, Scottish Borders)
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