Tayside and Central Scotland

Police warning after spate of 'vishing' telephone scams

Police have warned the public about telephone scams after a spate of fraudulent calls across Tayside and central Scotland.

Two Perthshire residents were scammed out of £25,000 each on the same day, while in the same week a Bridge of Allan man lost more than £50,000.

Officers have warned of the "vishing" fraud, where scammers pretend to be calling from the victim's bank.

The fraudsters then convince them to transfer their savings.

On Monday, a Perthshire couple lost £25,000 after being instructed by a fraudster claiming to be from their bank's security team to call the help line number on the back of their card.

Scammers often use this technique to stay on the line and speak to the victim again when they dial up the other number.

In another incident the same day, another Perthshire resident lost a further £25,000 when a fraudster convinced them to transfer their money to a "safe" bank account.

Four days earlier, an 83-year-old Bridge of Allan man was scammed out of more than £50,000 by a fraudster using the same technique.

Police have warned residents to be alert to any phone call they receive claiming to be from a bank or financial institution, either asking for money to be transferred or for a further call to the bank to be made.

If people do decide to call their bank, officers say they should try to do so from a different phone line or mobile number - or even attend the bank in person.

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