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Elderly man defrauded of several thousand pounds in own home

Inquiries are ongoing to identify the suspect Photo: PA

An 85-year-old man has been defrauded of several thousand pounds at his home in Kelso.

The elderly man was at home in the Shedden Park Road area on Monday 30 October when a man came to the house and claimed he was there to check the security on his computer.

After being given entry to the house and laptop, a five-figure sum has been removed from the victim's internet banking accounts.

Inquiries are ongoing to identify the suspect.

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for information and issuing a warning to the public.

The public are reminded to never let any unknown callers into their homes or provide them with access to any personal details or information.

Inspector John Scott said:

The callous individual responsible for this scam has clearly targeted an elderly man and has stolen a signficant sum of cash from the victim's internet banking accounts.

We are pursuing a number of local lines of inquiry to trace this male and anyone with information is asked to come forward.

The public are advised never to let those they do not know and trust gain entry to their homes, and do not provide anyone with your personal information that allows them to access your bank accounts.

– Inspector John Scott, Police Scotland

Anyone with information should contact Kelso Police Station via 101 and quote incident number 1084 of 30 October or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.