OAP phone scam call nets £10k haul for fraudsters

Picture posed by model
Picture posed by model

Police in West Lothian have issued an urgent security warning after an elderly Linlithgow woman was defrauded of £10,000 on Friday, July 25.

The victim, who does not wish to be named, received a phone call from a man stating he was from the Bank of Scotland informing her that her account was under attack.

He told her he would have to close the account and transfer her funds to a new account which had been set up.

The caller appeared to have specialist knowledge of her account which gave the impression he was a genuine bank employee.

The victim then transferred money to the account number that she had been given, but later discovered that the caller had actually been a fraudster.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We have received a number of reports of similar scams which can be very convincing.

“It has resulted in some people losing large sums of money through this fraudulent activity.

“Victims tend to be elderly or vulnerable so we are asking people to be wary of anyone who calls claiming to be from their bank.

‘‘Always check with your branch if you receive such a phone call.”

Age Scotland chief executive Brian Sloan said: “It is terrible that scammers are targeting people in this way. This type of behaviour can have a devastating impact on older people.

‘‘Through our helpline, Silver Line Scotland, we often hear stories of people who have been victims of real and attempted scams.

‘‘People don’t only lose money and time due to this criminal behaviour, but can lose self-esteem. As a result, we know that not everyone reports being scammed to the police.

‘‘It’s important for people to know that banks and other financial institutions will never ask for your personal information and banking details in full over the phone.”