Keep­ing scam­mers at bay

Leaflet of­fers ad­vice

The Galloway News - - GALLOWAY VIEW - Stu­art Gille­spie

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.

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