Police have issued a fresh warning over phone scams after fraudsters stole almost £35,000 from three Deeside pensioners.
A devastated postie had to tell his mother that scammers had emptied their savings account - on her 83rd birthday.
Vulnerable north-east residents have had £1.2million drained from their accounts by scammers in just three weeks.
The public have been warned to be vigilant after a "vishing" scam cost victims more than £1 million in the past three weeks.
Ross-shire police are urging people to be on guard against "vishing" type frauds after a number of recent incidents reported in the area.
A handful of Highland businesses have been conned out of almost £2.5million in a “devastating” scam by hi-tech organised crime gangs.