Three more pensioners have been targeted by phone scammers operating in the South Ayrshire area, say police.

Last week, we reported that two elderly citizens had been conned out of thousands by the frauds.

The victims told police how they had been called by somebody claiming to be from their bank or the police, saying there had been fraudulent activity detected on their account.

The person on the other end of the line then asked the pensioners to withdraw a four-figure sum from their bank to be collected by 'police' later.

And today, police in Ayrshire have confirmed that the frauds are still at it, targeting vulnerable elderly people.

Since last Wednesday (January 5) three more incidents have been reported to police. 

These crimes were reported in Prestwick, Ayr and Mossblown areas.

Chief Inspector Kevin Lammie : “Extensive enquiries are currently ongoing at present to identify those responsible and is being treated as a matter of urgency. I would like to highlight this scam to everyone and remind them to be vigilant when receiving those types of calls.

“The bank or the police will never ask that you transfer money to another account or to take money out of your account.  If you are suspicious in any way then please hang up and contact the police or speak with the bank or a family member who can assist you in ensuring that you are not a victim of fraud.

“Officers are currently working with local banks to protect customers but they would like to ask that family members who have elderly or vulnerable relatives check in on them and ensure that they are aware not to provide any personal details via telephone or otherwise.

“The individuals responsible for such despicable crimes are very convincing and will do everything they can to gain the information they need to steal your money, we need to ensure that this no longer continues.

“If anyone has information or is concerned in anyway please make contact with Police Scotland on 101.”