POLICE are urging residents across the north-east to be vigilant after a bogus caller scammed pensioners in their 80s out of hundreds of pounds.
The caller, who was wearing a high visibility jacket, claimed to be from the electricity board.
He told the pensioners that if they did not hand over the money, their supply would be cut off.
The incidents happened in the Fraser Court and Nelson Street areas of Huntly last Wednesday.
Constable Kelsey Stewart said: “We are appealing for witnesses in relation to this concerning incident which, clearly for the victims, will have been extremely upsetting.
“We would also like to remind residents not to let unknown callers into their homes and if you are suspicious about a caller ask to see their identification and call the police.
"We also ask that people look out for more vulnerable individuals and elderly relatives in their communities. Any concerns should be reported to police."
The caller is described as around 6ft tall, of large build and short dark hair with an English accent. He was in the company of a second man.
Neil Wilson, Head of North Caledonia, from Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks, said: “This is a disgraceful act by people posing to be working for SSEN attempting to scam them out of their money.
"Our staff will never ask for money and if you, a friend or family member are targeted we implore you to call the police straightaway.”