Pensioner conned out of savings by bogus bank worker

The thief took £20,000 from the victim's accounts

AN elderly man was conned out of tens of thousands of pounds by a conman who called at his house claiming to be a bank worker.

The 78-year-old was targeted at his home in Alyth, Perthshire on November 16 and had £20,000 taken from his account.

At about 11am the bogus bank employee called at the man’s address on the pretence of providing him with a new bank card.

The victim allowed the man in and persuaded him that his current bank card was defunct and provided him with a new one, taking the old one with him as he left.

Police said the new card bore no resemblance to the genuine card.

The pensioner was later contacted by his bank who were concerned about unusual transactions on his account and it was established that thousands of pounds had been withdrawn.

Tayside Police said the fraudster is in his late 30s to early 40s, about 5ft 6in to 5ft 8in, of medium build with dark hair. He had a foreign accent and wore a suit, shirt, tie and dress shoes.

He was also carrying a clip board and wore an identity card when he called.