VIGILANCE Urged After Pensioners Targeted In Financial Scam

20 May, 2024 | Local

INVERCLYDE residents are being warned after an elderly couple were nearly duped out of a four-figure sum of cash.

The 73-year-old woman and 75-year-old man were told by fraudsters to withdraw the money which would then be seized by police for fingerprint testing.

A staff member at the bank alerted police to the attempted fraud and no money was lost.

Inspector Paul Thompson said: “Financial scams can have a devastating impact and we are asking members of the public to be extra vigilant and take precautions to avoid becoming a victim.

“These criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police but it is important to know that officers or your bank will never ask you to transfer or withdraw money or set up a secure account for you.

“If you receive a call of this nature it is vital you make sure the caller is genuine, and if you are in any doubt whatsoever, hang up and use the official phone number for the organisation to call back.

“If the caller is genuine, they will understand your hesitation, and please don’t feel pressured into handing over details or withdrawing money.

“We would also encourage people to share this advice with their elderly relatives and neighbours, who are often targeted by fraudsters, to ensure they are aware of these types of scams and what to do if they receive a phone call.”

Anyone who thinks they may have fallen victim to this scam, or any other scam, is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

Scam advice is available on the Police Scotland website.

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