A WARNING has been issued about bogus callers after an elderly Renfrewshire woman was scammed out of thousands of pounds.

The 94-year-old victim, from the Thornly Park area of Paisley, was approached by a man at her home sometime between Monday and Wednesday.

The OAP gave him a four-figure sum of money to carry out general maintenance work on her property but the suspect then deserted his duties.

He is described as white, in his early 50s and of stocky build.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and officers are keen to hear from anyone who has information that can help with their investigation.

Renfrewshire residents are also being urged to remain alert to the risk of rogue traders 'cold calling' at their home and ensure appropriate measures are in place to protect vulnerable relatives or friends who could fall victim to such crimes.

Detective Inspector Iain Ross, of Renfrewshire CID, told The Gazette: "This is a horrible crime to commit on an elderly resident.

"If you have seen anyone acting suspiciously or going door-to-door in this area, please get in touch with us."

Call 101 if you have any information.