Tayside and Central Scotland

Scammers take more than £50,000 from 83-year-old man

An 83-year-old man was scammed out of more than £50,000 by telephone fraudsters.

The elderly Bridge of Allan resident was tricked into transferring the money from his account after receiving a phone call supposedly from his bank.

The caller, who had a Scottish accent, convinced the man to transfer his savings into other accounts to protect them.

Insp Jim Young said such frauds had a "devastating effect" on victims.

The victim received a phone call claiming to be from his bank's security team on Thursday evening.

He was advised that someone had tried to access his account, and that he should call the number on the back of his bank card to transfer his savings to safety.

'Devastating effect'

Police believe the scammer stayed on the line after the man had hung up the initial call, meaning the victim spoke to the same person again when trying to make the second call.

He then followed instructions to transfer a five-figure sum of money into other accounts, before the scammer told him to switch off his mains power supply for a short time.

Insp Young said this move was to give the fraudster time to move the money out of the other accounts.

He said: "These types of frauds have a devastating effect on the victim, as it is their life savings that are targeted.

"These fraudsters have no moral principles and we suspect they target the elderly as they are trusting.

"I strongly advise the public to be aware of this type of fraud, and if you get a phone call from someone purporting to be from your bank then ask for their details and don't provide them with any of their details, even if they appear genuine."

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites