Bogus caller had council ID card

Police are warning householders to be alert to bogus callers after a man posing as a council worker stole money from a house while supposedly checking electrical items.

The man was allowed into the house in Dunrossness on Monday afternoon after producing an apparently legitimate SIC identification card.

After he had left the premises, the householder discovered that a quantity of cash had been stolen. A check carried out with SIC confirmed that it had been a bogus call.

The man in question is described as being local, approximately 50 years of age, medium to stocky build, of average height and with short brown hair. He has a fresh complexion and may have a moustache. He was wearing a bright yellow work jacket and carrying some sort of hand tool. He was also driving a van.

Police say this man could be targeting the elderly and vulnerable and may have an accomplice. They are urging people to be cautious about unexpected calls from anyone purporting to be from SIC or other agencies. Always check for genuine ID, and if anyone is in any doubt or has any information they are urged to contact Lerwick Police Station on (01595) 692110 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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