Keeping scammers at bay
Leaflet offers advice
A new campaign has been launched in the fight against scammers.
Police have unveiled the Crime in the Home scheme after a number of people in the region were conned out of large sums of money in the last few weeks.
People will be given information cards to keep in their homes with a checklist of what to do if they receive a call from a suspected scammer.
Community officer PC Tom Dingwall said: “The majority of scams have targeted vulnerable and elderly people within their own homes.
“These scams include phone calls from people claiming to be from the victim’s bank or even the fraud department of the police.
“They then lull the victim into a false sense of security and almost befriend them. Just by talking to the people they can obtain a huge amount of information including security details that can be used to access bank accounts online.
“They can also convince victims to move money to specified bank accounts to keep it safe after what they call ‘unusual activity’.
“The card reminds people to take five and gives three bullet points as to what to look for if you’re suspicious.”
He added: “We are working in conjunction with the banking industry and will continue to do everything we can to keep people safe especially within their own home.
“The cards have been funded by The Stewartry Community Safety Forum so we thank them for their assistance.”
The main points on the card are only to give out personal details to a service you trust and expect to be contacted by, don’t be tricked by clicking on a link in an unexpected email or text and always question uninvited approaches.
Police officers will be carrying out pop-up surgeries in the Stewartry in the next few weeks giving advice on Crime in the Home.