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Phone fraudsters con Falkirk man out of £20,000

Police said that banks would never ask customers to reveal their passwords over the phone

Police said that banks would never ask customers to reveal their passwords over the phone

 

Scheming fraudsters conned a Falkirk man out of almost £20,000 by phoning and claiming to be from a bank.

The caller said he was from the Royal Bank of Scotland at Gogarburn, and said the man may have received a fraudulent cheque and he should transfer his money to another account.

He was even put on to a second fraudster to complete the cash move on May 10.

A few days later he became suspicious and contacted his bank.

The first man had a polite Edinburgh accent, while the other suspect had a foreign accent and used words typical of a call centre worker.

Now police are warning people not to give out personal details or banking information over the phone.

Inspector John Kellett said: “This scam was convincing enough that the victim lost a five-figure sum, believing that he was under instruction from his bank.

“Scammers pray on our trust, but it’s important to remember that banks would never ask you to reveal your passwords, pin numbers or other sensitive information over the phone.”

 

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