A woman who had money stolen from her in Aberdeen city centre is warning others to be wary of a scam.
Teresa Strachan was left shaken after a man approached her on Albert Street at 1pm as she returned to her car after work.
Aware of a man arguing about money on his phone nearby, she quickly packed her bag into her car and attempted to head home.
But the 46-year-old was then approached by the same man.
“He said he had no money and needed some, but then he changed his story and wanted change of a £20,” she said.
“The whole thing was strange, but I went to get my purse to see what I had.
“Once I opened it up, he saw I had some cash and asked me for more money.
“He then took about £30 from me and was trying to get me to a cash point for more money.
“He managed to get my purse at one point but I snatched it back.
“He was harassing me the whole time.”
Aware she was in a dangerous situation the bookkeeper started to get into her car, but the man had more demands.
She said: “He said he wasn’t well and was diabetic.
“Then he said he needed a lift to Stonehaven and I had to take him.
“I told him I certainly didn’t. I got into the car and quickly drove off.”
Teresa later took to her Facebook page to spread the word following her experience, which happened on Friday, February 3.
She was shocked to find other people in the city had a similar story.
She said: “My cousin Laura and her partner were walking down Esslemont Road on the Friday night and the same man approached them with the same story and demanding money. Another woman at a bus stop at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary also said the same thing happened to her.
“I’m just worried next time this man does this, it could be an elderly woman or someone with children, and then what happens?”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said the force was aware of the theft and the investigation was ongoing.