Police call: Phishing for details to defraud victims

Chief Inspector Damian Armstrong
Chief Inspector Damian Armstrong

Many people, given the weather, will have taken the opportunity to catch up on online business, household finances and shopping while stuck at home.

Police Scotland is currently investigating 19 significant crimes of fraud since July, with over £7 million stolen from both businesses and individuals.

So today sees the launch of a campaign where officers will be warning the public to be alert to being scammed.

Vishing sees victims duped by a caller pretending to be from their bank or a reputable company and persuading them to reveal personal information.

Criminals then access the victim’s account and move money or persuade the victim to do so.

Phishing sees criminals using emails from online purchasing sites, informing a victim that there is an issue with ordered items and to click a link to verify payment or account details.

Smishing uses text messages to obtain personal details related to credit card and banking whereby the victim clicks a link in a text message from a supplier and follows instructions set up on a fake webpage.

To report online fraud, please call 101.