A callous conman took out a £20,000 loan in an elderly couple’s name and later convinced them to transfer the cash to a fraudulent account.
However, quick-thinking bank staff stepped in when the 79-year-old woman and her husband, 85, tried to move the money at their local branch.
The pensioners, from Lochwinnoch, were shocked to learn they had fallen victim to a sophisticated telephone scam.
It’s understood the victims received a call from man with a foreign accent on Monday who told them he was investigating potential fraud linked to their account involving their own branch.
After obtaining their full bank details, the cruel crook took out a loan for £20,000 and asked for them to move the money by transfer to a fraudulent account.
Thankfully, staff stopped the transfer and cancelled the loan.
Police are now investigating and urged people in Renfrewshire to be aware of telephone scammers targeting the region.
Inspector Allan O’Hare, from the Johnstone, Renfrew and the villages community policing team, said: “We are investigating after an elderly Lochwinnoch couple were targeted in a sophisticated telephone scam.
“A man with a foreign accent called and was able to gain their bank details after providing a plausible story to the
“A loan for a substantial amount of money was taken out in their name.
“They were then asked the transfer the money to another account before bank staff stepped in.”
He added: “I want to make people aware of this scam and urge people to remain on guard.
“A bank will never ask for you account details over the phone.
“If you are ever asked for this information hang up immediately and contact your local bank
“Phone police on 101 for further advice and to report if you have fallen victim or fear you have fallen victim to a telephone scam.
“Anyone can become a victim and there should be no embarrassment in coming forward.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.