NHS Grampian has issued a statement after learning that several calls had already been made to people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Although it is not believed that anyone receiving such calls has fallen victim to the scammers, the heath authority say that people should be cautious when receiving cold calls.
In a statement issued this week an NHS Grampian spokeswoman said: “Although the calls have varied, typically the caller claims to be ringing on behalf of a local GP practice.
“They may be selling therapeutic chairs and beds or offering a discount on medication. These calls are not sanctioned by NHS Grampian and anyone contacted in this way should not arrange appointments or provide bank details and should end the call.
“We believe elderly and vulnerable patients are being targeted and we would appreciate this message being shared as widely as possible.”
Anyone who may have concerns over such calls or who has information about them is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 and ask to speak to their local crime prevention officer, or else call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.