Bank warns against dan­gers of scam­ming

Help to fight fraud

Rutherglen Reformer - - Debt Help & Advice - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen po­lice have teamed up with a lo­cal bank to warn peo­ple about the dan­gers of bank fraud.

Of­fi­cers vis­ited the San­tander branch on Main Street to pro­vide ad­vice and aware­ness on fi­nan­cial fraud as part of the Take Five cam­paign.

The ini­tia­tive urges bank users to stop and con­sider whether the sit­u­a­tion is gen­uine.

Ac­cord­ing to the cam­paign 70 per cent of at­tempted fraud in the UK was pre­vented from ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing but the 30 per cent that did cost the na­tion £755 mil­lion. Ad­vice to bank users in­cludes:

Never dis­close se­cu­rity details, such as your PIN or full bank­ing pass­word

Don’t as­sume an email or phone call is au­then­tic

Don’t be rushed or pres­sured into mak­ing a de­ci­sion Lis­ten to your in­stincts Stay in con­trol.

The cam­paign also of­fers a range of ad­vice on is­sues such as phone scams, known as “vish­ing”, text scams or “smish­ing”, email scams or “phis­ing” and on-line fraud.

Bank fraud can also in­clude ATM ma­chine scams.

In April last year the San­tander branch was one of three cash ma­chines in Ruther­glen ap­par­ently fit­ted with a cardread­ing de­vice.

The man­ager of San­tander Ruther­glen said: “We’re proud to take part in this im­por­tant ini­tia­tive to help the fight against fi­nan­cial fraud. Scams can come in many forms and fall­ing vic­tim can have dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences.

“It is there­fore so im­por­tant that peo­ple make sure they’re aware of the dif­fer­ent types of scams and know how to stay safe.

“We en­cour­age every­one to visit their lo­cal branch and spread the Take Five mes­sage – to pause and think be­fore they re­spond to any fi­nan­cial re­quests or share any per­sonal or fi­nan­cial details.”

Warn­ing PC Laura Tay­lor with work­ers at the San­tander branch in Ruther­glen Main Street They teamed up to warn about the dan­gers of bank fraud

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