Elderly woman duped over £1,000 cat
An elderly woman was duped into paying almost £1,000 for a cat online, police have said.
Dumfries and Galloway Police said the woman originally paid £250 for the cat, which never arrived, via a website.
However, charges for insurance and shipping costs meant the price leapt up to nearly £1,000, and more money was demanded as the delivery date drew closer.
The woman reported the scam to the police after receiving a phone call from someone telling her the cat would not be delivered until the extra cash was handed over.
The force said the scam appears to have happened more than once in the area and they are warning the public to be careful.
Anyone with information should contact them on 0845 66 5701 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.