Banking scam investigation – police arrest 24-year-old man

A 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged over a series of fraudulent schemes, including impersonating police officers.

Since the start of the year, a number of bank scams have been reported to police across the country, including the Scottish Borders.

A major investigation has been launched by Police Scotland and as a result a search was carried out at an address in Queensland Drive, Glasgow on Thursday March 31, 2022 and a man was arrested.

The man was due to make a first appearance at Stirling Sheriff Court on Friday April 1.

Officers say their investigations are continuing and urge vigilance.

Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Lindsay said: ‘Our investigations into these offenses are continuing and I urge all members of the public to remain vigilant for these types of scams and to report any suspicious phone calls or approaches you they receive from anyone claiming to be Police Scotland. .”

In January this year, police said they had received more than 30 reports over a four-month period from members of the public in the Scottish Borders who had been visited or contacted by people claiming to be Constables of Police Scotland.

At the time, Superintendent Hilary Sloan of the Partnerships, Prevention and Community Wellness Division said: ‘While there are a number of ways the police may seek to contact you, please be aware of this scam and always beware of any unexpected contact.

“If you receive such a call or such a visit, ask for the contact details of the agent and the department for which he works. If contact is by phone, hang up and if possible use another phone to contact the police service via 101, where you will speak to genuine members of Police Scotland and can request a police officer check.

“We have begun a nationwide rollout of new ID cards, which feature an up-to-date photo of the officer, along with other key information and various security enhancements that make them extremely difficult to duplicate,” the superintendent continued. Sloan.

“This deployment began in October 2021 and all police officers should be able to provide this identification when performing legitimate policing activities.

“If you receive an email claiming to be from Police Scotland with a link to an external site to make a payment, this may also be fraudulent.”

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