Bogus caller incident in Penicuik

Police Scotland
Police Scotland

Police are urging the public to remain vigilant following a suspected bogus caller incident in Penicuik.

Sometime during the day on Tuesday, September 22 a business in Eastfield Drive received a phone call from a man claiming to represent a Lothian and Borders Police community magazine.

The man offered a price for the company to continue advertising within the publication, but when staff said that they had no existing advertising agreement, the call was terminated.

Officers now wish to raise awareness within the area in case any other local businesses receive a similar call.

Sergeant Michele Lindsay said: “On this occasion, the business did the right thing and contacted police and we would like to remind the public that there is no Lothian and Borders Police magazine, nor does it approach companies for advertising revenue.

“If you receive calls by anyone claiming to represent this magazine, do not pay for any advertising and report the matter to police immediately.

“Anyone with information that can help us identify this caller is also asked to come forward.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.