Fife Constabulary has commended alert bank staff in Glenrothes for preventing an elderly man being conned out of thousands of pounds of savings.
Police are also appealing for witnesses to the incident, which took place on Thursday 19 January, when a man called at the home of a local 82-year-old man in Kinglassie and asked him for a large sum of money for roof repairs.
As he did not have the money available, the man took him to a white coloured Ford Transit type van parked nearby, where a second man was waiting, and they then drove to the Kingdom Centre, Glenrothes, where they attempted to withdraw money from Bank of Scotland.
Fortunately diligent bank staff thought this suspicious and contacted the Police.
Safer Towns Officer, PC Ross Fisher, said: “This is a despicable act, where two people have tried to exploit an unsuspecting elderly man. Had it not been for the vigilant Bank of Scotland staff , the two men would almost certainly have defrauded the elderly man of a large sum of money. I would like to thank the staff at Bank of Scotland for their outstanding efforts in preventing this crime.
“I’d also like to appeal to any person who may have come into contact with these men or may have any other information regarding this incident, to contact the Police on 0845 600 5702 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111”
A spokesperson for Bank of Scotland said: “We are delighted that the actions of our quick thinking staff prevented the customer from being another victim of fraud. This incident is a reminder for us all to watch over the elderly members of our community and we would urge people to be on their guard for unscrupulous scams such as this.”
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