Fraud prevention advice event - Aberdeen
Published 12 June 2018
A day of action to raise awareness about fraud prevention has been set up in Aberdeen for next week in response to community concerns.
The Fraud Day of Action will be taking place on Monday 18 June where a police pod will be set up within the car park at Clydesdale Bank, 1 Queens Cross in Aberdeen between 10.00am and 2.00pm. Stationed there will be specialist fraud officers who will be available to give information and advice about all types of fraud including telephone fraud (vishing) and online fraud (phishing) and highlight how the public can protect themselves from this type of crime.
Community officers will also be positioned close by the other main banks in the Queens Cross area and will be handing out leaflets and directing those people wishing more information to visit the pod where the specialist officers will be based.
In addition to the activity at Queens Cross/Road, members of the Monday lunch club at Sheddocksley Baptist Church will be given an input from an officer about online fraud.
Inspector David Cowie explains: “Last month a small number of victims in the North East were scammed out of a total of £1.2million due to ‘vishing’ fraud where fraudsters typically pretend to be phoning from a bank and urge victim’s to move substantial amounts of money into other accounts.
“I know that residents in the West End community have concerns about this type of crime and so I have organised this day of action with my officers and specialist officers from our Economic Crime and Financial Investigation Unit in order to be able to give useful advice and information.
“Officers will be in the Queens Road area on Monday 18 June between 10.00am and 2.00pm where they will be able to give practical advice and help, face to face, to anyone concerned about becoming the victim of fraud.
“I would urge anyone who would like to speak to us about this issued to come to the event.
“Police Scotland works closely with banks and financial institutions. The Banking Protocol was introduced in Scotland in March which enables bank staff to contact police if they suspect a customer is in the process of being scammed, and officers are immediately sent to the bank. The initiative aims to provide intervention before money is transferred to fraudsters and has already seen success elsewhere in Scotland.
“The Action Day on 18 June will provide another opportunity to raise awareness about fraud and financial crime and help to ensure that less people are affected by this type of crime, which can have financially devastating consequences.”
Find out more about local policing issues in this area by visiting: Aberdeen North, Aberdeen South, North East
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.