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Security warning over bogus bank scam

Police in West Lothian have issued a security warning after a number of people were conned out of money in a bogus bank scam.

In the latest incident, an elderly woman lost "a significant sum of money" after a phone call from a man claiming to work for Bank of Scotland.

He said her account was under attack and she would have to transfer money to a new account he had set up.

A police spokesman said: "We have received a number of similar reports."

He added: "These scams can be very convincing.

"This has resulted in 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."

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