A tall, thin, grey-haired man approached me as I walked along the Old Edinburgh Road with TPR. When he addressed me as ‘Miss’ I knew that this was some kind of scam. He wanted to know about my last encounter with my GP.
This was a different tack from the well-known ‘You have been involved in a road traffic accident’ approach. I pointed out that I knew that he was trying to fool me into parting with my money, and warned that he himself was probably being set up by someone else. He agreed.
I then asked him how I had become a target for this particular campaign. The man opened up his laptop and demonstrated how a range of social media profiles had led him to me – including a number that I didn’t recognise at all.