Police warn Borderers of Sky TV fraudsters

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Lothian and Borders Police are warning the public to remain vigilant against an ongoing Sky TV scam in the Scottish Borders.

A number of residents across the county have been contacted by persons claiming to be from Sky, who tell them they are due a refund.

To claim these refunds, customers are sent a pin machine and asked to enter their pin.

A woman from Earlston contacted police and handed over the pin reader after receiving it in the post last Thursday.

However, a 76-year-old man who is also from Earlston placed his card in the machine and entered his pin on a number of occasions resulting in four-figure sum of cash being removed from his account.

A similar incident was reported to police in Galashiels after a 79-year-old woman from the Kingsknowe Village was contacted by telephone and told she was due a refund on her insurance policy for her Sky box.

Officers are now urging anyone who receives a pin-reading device following a similar telephone to contact police immediately.

A police spokesman said: “If you are uncertain as to the authenticity of a caller claiming to be from Sky, hang up and dial their customer service number, which can usually be found on your box, or on their website.

“We are keen to hear from anyone else who may have been affected by this con and would urge people to come forward as soon as possible if they believe they have been defrauded.”