A BOGUS caller duped a Dumbarton man into handing over thousands of pounds in a recent scam.

Police Scotland are carrying out enquiries after the conman called at the home of a 57-year-old man in Dumbuie Avenue between Saturday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 31.

The scammer advised the householder that urgent roof repairs were required.

The 57-year-old man then withdrew a four-figure sum of cash from the bank and handed it over to the fraudster only to be told that he required several thousand pounds more.

After withdrawing another two large sums, bank staff became suspicious, the transfers were stopped, and police informed.

The suspect is described as white, between 5ft 9in and 6ft tall, of medium build, and spoke with an Irish accent. He was wearing dark blue clothing.

Detective Constable Iain Watson said: “I’d like to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of Dumbuie Ave, Dumbarton between October 27 and 31 and remembers seeing the suspect hanging around the area or has actually been approached by him at their home offering to do work.

“I would also like to remind people to be careful when approached by callers who come to your door unannounced or uninvited and offer to carry out work to your home or sell items to you.

“Whilst many may be genuine, there are some people who will try to con you of money – sometimes large amounts of money.

“If you are at all suspicious of people who call at your home, ask them for identification and why they’re there.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at Dumbarton via telephone number 101 and quoting incident number 1306 of October 31, 2018.