Bogus workmen tried to take elderly Fraserburgh women to the bank

Bogus workmen who targeted an elderly woman in Fraserburgh tried to force her to go to the bank to get money to pay them.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 9:39 am
Updated Friday, 5th March 2021, 9:47 am
Police in the north-east are urging the public to be wary of doorstep callers.

Officers in Aberdeenshire are asking the public to be vigilant following the bogus workmen incident in Fraserburgh.

The incident happened on Wednesday, March 3, at a property on Old Strichen Road and involved an 83-year-old woman being targeted by suspected bogus workmen.

Three men offered to carry out garden work at the property and after carrying out a small amount of work, the men tried to take the elderly woman to the bank to pay them.

Constable Neale Gawthorpe, of North East Police Division, said: “Our enquiries into this incident are ongoing. I would appeal for anyone who has been a victim of this type of incident to contact Police Scotland.

“These type of criminals prey on the elderly and vulnerable and I urge communities to remain vigilant and to make sure that they look out for any vulnerable persons in their communities.

"If workmen come to your address offering services and you are not certain of whether or not they are legitimate or you don’t want their services please say no and report them to police as soon as possible.

"If in doubt, shut them out."

Anyone who suspects they have been the victim of a bogus workmen incident should contact Police Scotland on 101 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Advice on dealing with doorstep callers and bogus workmen is available on the Police Scotland website: