Man victim of phone scam loses £ 58,000

Lothians and Scottish Borders POLICE are advising the public to be vigilant after a recent phone scam.

A 57-year-old man has been the victim of fraud, with losses of almost £ 58,000.

The man received a phone call from a person claiming to be from his bank and told him that there had been fraudulent activity on his account. They asked him if he would be ready to help them, alongside Police Scotland in an internal investigation.

The fraudsters used the name of a legitimate bank employee and used phone numbers that appeared to be genuine Scottish Police to persuade the man to transfer the funds.

Detective Constable Garry Mauran said, “This was a very sophisticated scam. The man sincerely believed he was helping the bank and the police fraud department and made a real effort to verify that it was legitimate before acting.

“I would like to remind the public, if fraud has been committed on your account, the banks will never contact you directly and ask you to transfer money to another account. If they hang up immediately.

“You shouldn’t feel like you have to act and transfer money, a real caller will understand if you want to check it out. If anyone is suspicious in any way, I would ask them to contact their bank.

If you have concerns about fraudulent activity or if you believe you have been the victim of a scam, please contact the police on 101.

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