Scam warning from officers in Fife
Officers are reminding people to be on their guard against phone fraud after recent scam calls reported to us in Fife
The scams involved being made from a caller claiming to represent a bank and going on to claim that the person receiving the call’s bank account has been compromised.
They then ask for money to be transferred to a “safe” account, which in reality belongs to the fraudster
Inspector Jim McGuiness said: "The criminals who use tactics like this prey on people's good nature and go to great lengths to appear professional and legitimate.
"The most important thing to remember is that genuine representatives of a bank or any other financial organisation will not cold call and demand money or personal details over the phone.
"You should not feel under pressure to make immediate decisions over the phone, especially if the call was unexpected. If you have doubts about who you are speaking to then hang up and phone the organisation they claim to represent back on a number you have sourced yourself or speak to someone face to face at a local branch if that is an option.
"It is healthy to be sceptical of any unexpected call you receive from someone asking for money over the phone - if the caller is genuine then they will understand your concerns and not mind if you end the call.
"If you have any doubts at all then end the call. Never disclose financial details such as your PIN or agree to transfer money over the phone.
"If you believe you have been the victim of a scam then call Police Scotland on 101.”