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Telephone Banking Fraud

Alert message sent 21/02/2019 14:29:00

Information sent on behalf of Scottish Borders Council


Police in the Scottish Borders are investigating and issuing a warning to the public following a telephone banking fraud incident in Kelso.
 
Officers were contacted on Wednesday 20th February after an 80-year-old man reported that a five-figure sum of cash had been taken from his bank account.
 
Earlier that day the victim had taken a call from a male claiming to be from the Bank of Scotland fraud team.
 
The caller was able to get the man to provide his bank details prior to the money being removed from the account.
 
Enquiries into this matter are ongoing and the public are reminded to be vigilant for such scams.
 
Inspector McGuigan said: "The elderly victim is extremely upset that he has been tricked into providing his personal information, resulting in the loss of his money, and we are conducting enquiries to identify the caller.
 
"We want to take this opportunity to advise our communities that banks will not cold call you and ask for you to provide any account details and should you receive any calls of this nature, hang up and contact police immediately.
 
"A range of useful crime prevention advice aimed at safeguarding the public against fraud can be obtained by attending at  your local police station or by visiting our Website at www.scotland.police.uk."
 
Those with information relating to this incident can contact Kelso Police Station via 101 and quote incident number 3483 of the 20th February. Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
 
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Kirsty Neish (Police Scotland, Constable, Scottish Borders)

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