Warning after scam calls

Police Scotland has issued a warning after reports of Tayside residents being targeted by scammers in relation to their bank accounts.

One resident in Perth was the victim of a high value fraud while another was a victim of an attempted fraud after they were contacted by telephone and asked to transfer funds to another bank account by people pretending to be from their bank or pretending to be a police officer investigating a financial crime.

Both calls were unsolicited, claiming there was a problem with either their account or credit card. Methods were used in which the fraudsters informed the person to call their bank, however when making the call, the victims were unknowingly connected straight back to the fraudster.

This allowed the criminal to instruct the victim further allowing them to obtain personal and financial details, in which they were ultimately asked to transfer funds to another account.

Police Scotland advises that personal information, credit card or bank details should not be provided to strangers on the telephone. In addition, never tell somebody your bank PIN number, even if they claim to be the bank or police. If the caller is genuine they will never ask for this information.

It is very important to remember that if instructed by an unsolicited caller to phone a bank, use another telephone line. Do not call from the same telephone number. Alternatively visit the bank and speak to them in person. Do not give out any personal information or give out information which may imply that you live alone, are older or vulnerable and consider making phone numbers ex-directory.

Anyone with concerns or information about fraudulent activity should contact Police Scotland on 101.