Warning following banking scams in Tayside
Published 15 February 2018
Police Scotland is appealing to members of the public to be aware after recent telephone bank scams in Tayside.
Residents in the region have been targeted with losses of in the region of £750,000.
Detective Inspector Iain McPhail of the Economic Crime and Financial Investigation Unit said:
‘Members of the public have been targeted through telephone calls from fraudsters claiming to be from their banks’ fraud team. They state their accounts have been compromised by attempted transactions elsewhere in the region and they are then encouraged to move money to a fictitious safe account.
‘There is then continual contact from the fraudsters on a regular basis until such times as the victims bank accounts are empty.
‘I would like to remind the public, if fraud has been committed on your account, banks will never contact you direct and ask you to transfer money to another account. If they do hang up immediately.
‘If you are suspicious contact the bank on the correct number you have for them and do it on a telephone separate to the one that the initial call was received.
‘The bank will never ask about personal information and assets held at other financial organisations.
‘If the bank calls you on a daily basis asking about your welfare or encouraging you to transfer more money to other accounts, please contact family/friend to discuss.
‘If in doubt and if possible, please attend personally at your local branch to discuss the issues or contact Police Scotland on 101’.
Find out more about local policing issues in this area by visiting: Angus, Tayside
Call 101 for non-emergencies and general enquiries, in an emergency call 999. If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.