COPS have warned residents to be 'vigilant' after cruel crooks scammed a woman out of 7500 Euros in Cumbernauld.

Police say the woman received a call from a man claiming to be a cop who advised her that her bank cards had been compromised and used in a fraud.

The victim then received another call from a man claiming to be from the bank who advised her to attend different local shops and withdraw Euros in a bid to aid the investigation before handing it over.

The culprit is described as being a white man in his late 30s, around 5ft 11inch tall, and has short black hair.

He was described as wearing a white shirt, a red tie and black trousers, while he also had a mask covering his face.

Now, officers are urging residents in North Lanarkshire to be 'vigilant' following the financial scam.

Meanwhile, an investigation is underway following the incident.

Detective Sergeant Karen Murray said: “Our enquiries into this incident are ongoing and we are asking members of the public to be aware of scams and take precautions.

“These scams are not always easy to spot and anyone can be fooled.

"These criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police.

"Often they have details about a person they shouldn’t convincing people they are legitimate.

“I would encourage anyone who receives a call from someone claiming to be from their bank or financial institution to make sure the person calling is genuine.

“If in doubt hang up and contact the bank using the phone number on the back of your card or official paperwork.

"If the caller is genuine, they will understand your hesitation, don’t feel pressured to handing over details or withdrawing money."

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 2541 of February 8.

Meanwhile, anyone who thinks they may have fallen victim to the scam is also asked to contact 101.

Scam advice is available HERE.