Leader: Let’s hope the culprits are traced soon

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TODAY’s front page story on 90-year-old losing her lifesavings to a cruel telephone scam is heartbreaking.

She was the second Lothian pensioner targeted in the space of a few weeks and together their losses are staggering at more than £100,000.

Of course, the police are doing all they can to catch the culprits and we very much hope they are traced soon.

It is a timely reminder to be wary of every unsolicited call and suspicious of any unusual requests.

The elderly are sadly more vulnerable to these criminals but they are not alone in being targeted whether through phone, on the doorstep, or online. There are important steps everyone can take to keep themselves and their elderly relatives safe from fraudsters and you can read some of the advice on page seven today.

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