Pensioners warned to beware of bogus calls

The elderly are warned of dangers from bogus callers
The elderly are warned of dangers from bogus callers

Police and Trading Standards officers have issued a warning to the elderly and infirm to be on their guard following an incident in Whitecross.

An 89-year-old lady, whose details we are witholding to preserve her anonymity, was approached by a female dressed in a uniform, normally associated with council carers.

Luckily, the lady’s daughter was present when the unscheduled visit was made and was able to challenge the visitor.

When questioned how and why she had made an appointment with an 89-year-old who has dementia, the caller claimed her information had probably come from a hospital or doctor.

When it became obvious that her ruse wasn’t working, she promptly left – but not before the daughter saw the name, Premier UK Healthcare, on an ID badge.

Investigations revealed that the company is based in Stevenston, North Ayrshire, and sell adjustable beds, chairs and 
disability scooters.

A spokesman for North Ayrshire Council said: “An investigation into this company is currently being carried out by our Trading Standards Team.

“We would like to reassure people that we are firmly committed to ensuring that we protect the public and will target anyone who chooses to flout consumer laws and regulations.”