Fraud­sters steal £40k in scam

Cou­ple are con­vinced to trans­fer cash

West Lothian Courier - - 11.10.2018 - Sean O’Neil

A West Loth­ian cou­ple were conned out of £40,000 in a mo­bile bank­ing scam.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter fraud­sters called a 26- yearold woman from Ar­madale, con­vinc­ing her they were from her bank and per­suad­ing her and her hus­band to trans­fer the money into bo­gus ac­counts.

Chief In­spec­tor Ar­ron Clinkscales said: “Th­ese f raud­sters are ex­tremely con­vinc­ing and use so­phis­ti­cated apps which make the call ap­pear to be from a bank or even po­lice, mim­ick­ing their phone num­bers.

“They ask that you trans­fer money or re­move it from your ac­count, how­ever, no bank or po­lice of­fi­cer would ever make such a phone call or re­quest that any­one do this.

“If you re­ceive such a call, take de­tails and hang up be­fore call­ing the bank from an­other phone, us­ing a num­ber ob­tained from the phone book or other of­fi­cial source such as let­ters or state­ments you al­ready hold.

“Staff at the bank will be able to pro­vide you with ad­vice and con­firm that your ac­counts are se­cure.”

Po­lice say they are work­ing hard to iden­tify the scam­mers who are preying on mem­bers of the com­mu­ni­ties.

CI Clinkscales said: “I would urge ev­ery­one to make sure that all friends, rel­a­tives and neigh­bours are aware of our ad­vice and that they do not feel scared or in­tim­i­dated in the event they re­ceive such a call or email.

“Sim­ple mea­sures can be taken, like email fil­ters and the Tele­phone Pref­er­ence Ser­vice, of which more in­for­ma­tion can be found in the Per­sonal Safety sec­tion of Po­lice Scot­land’s web­site, giv­ing ad­vice should you think you have been the vic­tim of this type of fraud.

“Any­one with in­for­ma­tion that can as­sist of­fi­cers with their in­quiries into phone fraud is asked to con­tact po­lice via 101 or anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.”

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