Police Scotland warn of telephone scam in Tayside

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Residents in Brechin and across Tayside are being urged to be on vigilant against telephone fraud following a number of scams in the area.

Police Scotland are advising locals on the issue after an Angus victim handed over £59,000 following a fraudulent call.

The scam involves a fraudster calling a cardholder, claiming to be from their bank or Building Society and telling them that their records have flagged up a fraudulent transaction or suspicious activity.

It is then suggested that the victim hangs up and immediately call their bank using the ‘phone number on the rear of their card to ensure the call is genuine. However, the fraudster stays on the line, keeping it open. They then play a recording of a dial tone and ring tone so that when the victim picks up their handset again they think they are really calling their bank.

DC Neil McVean of Perth CID said: “Never assume that a caller is genuine just because they hold some personal details about you.

“If you receive a phone call that seems suspicious, end the call immediately and don’t give out any information. Instead call your bank from another phone or go into a branch.

“Always be suspicious if someone reporting to be from your bank requests any of your bank or personal details. They should already have them. If in doubt, ask them to put a stop on your account and attend in person at your branch.

“If you have friends or relatives who you feel may be vulnerable to this, please help them to be more aware of the potential risks and what to look out for.

“If you think you may have been the victim of a similar crime report this to your local Police. If you have any concerns you can contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

It is important to remember the following points:

Your bank will never ask for your PIN details; your bank will never collect your bank card; your bank will never attend your home; your bank will never ask you transfer money into another account.