Warning after Carron pensioner is fraud victim

An elderly man was targeted by phone scammers claiming to work for online companies.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 4th May 2017, 3:58 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:30 pm

The victim, who is in his 70s and lives in the Carron area had over £3000 removed from his bank account but the transaction was intercepted prior to the money being processed.

Police are now warning people to be on their guard.

The man received a phone call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft, working in conjunction with BT, about an alleged issue with his computer.

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The caller advised the man to log into his computer, open his most used websites/apps and then give the caller remote access to his computer to run a scan for virus software.

The money was then taken from his account.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We would advise people to always be wary of unknown callers and never provide anyone you don’t know with access to your computer or personal information.

“If you receive a call like this, advise the caller that you will contact the company on your own terms and hang up.

“Call your broadband provider directly on a different phone, as fraudsters can keep the line open and intercept any further calls.

“If you may have been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and call Police Scotland on 101 when possible.”

For more advice, please visit Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/node/257.