Scam victim loses £20,000

Police Scotland is asking for the public’s assistance after a man from Dumfries and Galloway was defrauded out of over £20,000 in a betting scam.

The man received a generic letter from a someone in Stafford seeking assistance in placing bets on his behalf, and in return would receive commission. The man made contact with the author and agreed to carry out this request, and thereafter did so over the next few weeks. Over this period the man made a profit. During this time the author further contacted the man and got him involved in Anti-Post betting, and on a number of occasions arranged for someone to call and collect large sums of cash from him, which in total is now over £20,000. The man has received nothing in return and is now unable to contact the instigator in the scheme.

Police Scotland want to hear from anyone else who may have been approached or indeed taken part in any similar type schemes to get in touch through 101. Officers also warn of handing over cash to unknown people.