Man arrested over ‘bogus caller’ incidents in Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith

The bogus caller's eldest victim was 82. File picture: comp
The bogus caller's eldest victim was 82. File picture: comp
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POLICE in Midlothian have arrested and charged a man following a number of bogus caller incidents in Bonnyrigg and Dalkeith.

Between August 2015 and this month, a man attended a number of homes claiming to be collecting money for charity and requesting sponsorship.

He also claimed he had just received a large note and requested change, confusing the victim into handing over more money.

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The eldest victim was an 82-year-old woman.

Sergeant Stuart Aitchison of Dalkeith said: “Bogus callers typically target those who they perceive to be the most vulnerable.

“These crimes took advantage of the good will in our communities, and have had a considerable impact on the confidence of some of the victims.

“If you are suspicious of a caller, please get in touch. Be assured that we would rather attend a false alarm than have someone fall victim to doorstep crime.

“For more information on how to safeguard yourself from this type of crime, please speak to a local officer, contact us on 101 or visit our website.”

The 28-year-old will appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court at a later date.