A Midlothian widower has spoken of the scare tactics used by phone scammers to con him out of £200.
Local Trading Standards officers believe the pensioner has the dubious honour of being the first victim of the latest telephone scam, which involves transferring money via the legitimate Ukash system to pay for fake services.
It follows a string of similar cons throughout the county – with one victim losing £4,000.
A campaign has now been launched by Dalkeith and Penicuik CAB and Trading Standards to alert the public and shopkeepers with Ukash facilities of the scams.
Sitting in his Dalkeith home, the 68-year-old victim told the Advertiser how he first received a telephone call last November. The caller, with an Asian accent, claimed his name was James Cadel and asked if he wished to have unwanted calls stopped – at a cost of £100.
For advice on how to avoid becoming the victim of a scam - visit http://www.ukash.com/uk/en/alerts/security-tips.aspx