Man in court over spate of bogus calls

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A MAN has appeared in court in connection with a series of bogus calls.

The 15 incidents involved elderly people who were visited at their own homes in the Capital and distracted while the caller allegedly stole from the property.

The 31-year-old was arrested as part of Operation Aristotle, an ongoing police investigation aimed at tackling bogus callers.

Thousands of pounds worth of property or cash was taken in the incidents, which occurred across the city since November last year.

DCI Sara Buchanan said: “Bogus callers deliberately prey on vulnerable members of the community, using a variety of ruses in order to rob people who allow them into their homes in good faith.

“Bogus callers will often claim to be calling on behalf of a utility company to carry out essential maintenance work, or they will offer other services. Once they gain access they will then distract their victim with the intention of stealing from them.

“If anyone receives an unsolicited call of this nature at their home then they should deny the caller access until they are completely satisfied of their identity.

“If the caller claims to be working on behalf of a utility company, it is advisable to contact the company they claim to represent before allowing them in.”