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Scam Alert - Telephone call from bogus bank official

Alert message sent 22/04/2016 14:11:00

Information sent on behalf of Police Scotland

Banking scam - A person in our area has been the victim of an intricate fraud through a telephone call to their mobile phone.

1st Pretence -   an account holder (our victim) receive a telephone call from a person purporting to be from their bank.  The caller wants to check if the account holder is using their online bank account to withdraw a large sum of money.

The victim was vigilant and followed previous advice of verifying the caller before proceeding. The caller is happy for the account holder to verify the call is genuine, but advises the account holder not to attend the local bank as that there is an ongoing investigation there.

2nd Pretence - the caller asks the account holder to look at the telephone number on the back of their bank card.  The caller terminates the call, then phones back, where the number displayed on account holders mobile phone display is the same number as on the bank card.

The account holder now believes the caller is genuine and that someone may be trying to remove money from the account.  The account holder then completes a transaction with the bogus caller which results in being defrauded of a significant sum from their bank account.

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Perth and Kinross Community Co-ordinator (Police Scotland, Community Co-ordinator, Perth and Kinross)

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