A BEITH woman is warning others to be on their guard after scammers targeted her 93-year-old mother claiming to be BT.

The scammers claimed that the phone line of the nonagenarian would be cut off but luckily it was her cleaner who answered the phone and recognised that the person did not seem genuine.

The woman’s daughter told the Herald: “They phoned last Tuesday morning saying that the phone would be cut off the next day but we checked everything and my mum pays by direct debit and it was all up to date. It wasn’t due so it was definitely a scam.”

A BT spokesperson said: “We’ll never call a customer and threaten to disconnect their service unless they make payment immediately, to ask for remote access to their computer or ask for personal information, including bank details unexpectedly and we’ll never call from an ‘unknown’ number. If you’re suspicious, or uncomfortable about what’s being asked, we always recommend that you hang up the phone, and call the customer service number of the company that is supposedly asking for access to your computer or your personal information. If we’re getting in touch about your bill, it will usually be from either 0800 328 9393 or 0800 028 5085.