Police warn of banking scam after elderly victims conned

Police have issued a warning regarding telephone banking scams after two elderly people in the area were conned out of significant sums of money.

Mark Dowie
Friday, 8th April 2022, 12:01pm
Police warn of banking scam after elderly victims conned

Timely interventions by both victims’ banks, however, prevented further significant losses from occurring.

Constable Steven McKay from Tayside Divison’s Partnerships, Interventions and Preventions Department, said that on both occasions the victims have been cold called by someone claiming to be from their bank, who then convinced them to withdraw sums of money to send by post “to a secure account”.

He said: “Members of the public should be aware that no bank will ask you to take part in fraud investigations in this manner.

"If the bank suspect you are being scammed, they will ask you questions as to why you are withdrawing money, they are doing this to protect you and your money. Please speak to them if in doubt."

Constable McKay also urged relatives of elderly people to make sure they are warned and aware of the risks.

He continued: If you have a an elderly or vulnerable family member who you believe may be at risk of this crime type, please talk to them.

"Advise them to either call the bank themselves to confirm they have been contacted or seek advice from their local branch.

"Do not trust a number displayed on caller ID as this can be faked to appear to be a genuine call from your bank.”

Anyone wishing to receive further information about this type of crime can do so by contacting officers at taysidepreventionsandinterventions@scotland.police.uk.

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