New warning as doorstep callers threaten elderly with power cuts

POLICE ARE URGING people to be vigilant – in particular the elderly – after a woman in her 80s was scammed by a bogus caller to her home claiming to be from an electricity company.

Incidents have been reported to police in Aberdeenshire this week which will be of concern to people living throughout the north east.

The caller, a man who was wearing a high visibility jacket, advised that if money was not handed over the residents’ electricity would be turned off.

Constable Kelsey Stewart said: “We are appealing for witnesses in relation to this concerning incident which, clearly for the victims, will have been extremely upsetting.

“We would also like to remind residents not to let unknown callers into their homes and if you are suspicious about a caller ask to see their identification and call the police. We also ask that people look out for more vulnerable individuals and elderly relatives in their communities. Any concerns should be reported to police.

The male caller is described as around 6ft tall, of large build and short dark hair with an English accent. He was in the company of a second man.

PC Stewart added: “If you saw these males in the areas mentioned and can assist police get in touch. Anyone who sees suspicious activity should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.”

Neil Wilson, Head of North Caledonia, from Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks, said: “This is a disgraceful act by people posing to be working for SSEN attempting to scam them out of their money. Our staff will never ask for money and if you, a friend or family member are targeted we implore you to call the Police straightaway.”