Sep 3 2010 by Jackie Grant, Dumfries Standard Friday
CALLOUS conmen duped two pensioners from Dumfries and Galloway out of hundreds of pounds.
An 86-year-old woman from Sanquhar was charged a staggering £1,000 for having her grass cut.
And in a second case an elderly man handed over £450 in a banking scam.
The Sanquhar victim was conned on July 20 but details emerged only this week.
Two men who claimed to be from Ayrshire offered to do gardening work after calling at her Howies Road home.
They cut her grass and said they would return to turf another area.
But the pair were paid up front and haven’t been seen since.
Police are now urging members of the public with any information on what happened to come forward.
A police spokesman said: “We really want to identify these two men who were travelling in a white coloured, flat-bed type van.
“One of the men is described as being between 20 and 30 years old and tall. The second man is believed to be slightly shorter and aged between 40 and 50.”
In the second incident, a 76-year-old Dumfries man was duped into handing over £450 to a company which claimed to be able to refund him £14,000 from his bank account.
A police spokesman said: “The man was contacted a few months ago by someone purporting to be from a company telling him that after investigation of his bank account he was due a refund of over £4,000, and then a refund of over £9,000.
“However to receive the refund the victim was instructed to send off payments of over £450 to the company.
“Needless to say whilst the money has been sent, no cheque for the refund has been received, and the company, operating though a P.O. box number cannot be contacted.”
Several further attempts to take cash from his account have been made by the bogus company.
A police spokesman added: “We advise that no-one should ever give any personal or banking details out over the telephone. Banks, building societies and other similar companies never ask for this information by telephone.”
Anyone with any information on these incidents is asked to contact police on 0845 600 5701 or information can also be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.