Scam­mer steals £29k from woman

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page -

A WOMAN had al­most £29,000 stolen from her bank ac­count in a cold call­ing tele­phone scam.

The 59-year-old from Gretna, Dum­fries and Gal­loway, re­ceived a call from a man claim­ing to be from BT Open­reach.

He said there had been some “sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity” on her com­puter and asked her to fol­low a se­ries of in­struc­tions to “pro­tect” it from any fur­ther at­tack.

Po­lice say he man­aged to gain ac­cess to her on­line bank ac­count and the money was stolen.

PC Ryan Mc­Gar­vey said: “This was not a quick call by any man­ner and the woman was kept on the line for a good num­ber of hours be­fore she even­tu­ally be­came sus­pi­cious.

“By then, how­ever, it was too late and the money had been re­moved from her ac­count.”

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