Police warning after Seil woman is scammed

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Police are again reminding the public not to be taken in by unexpected telephone calls from people saying they are from BT or Microsoft after a woman from the Seil area had thousands taken from her bank account.

These types of scams continue to be carried out and callers often says that they have identified a fault with the person’s computer or broadband. The caller then persuades the person to give bank details for payment to rectify the fault or to download an application to their computer to rectify the fault but which actually allows remote access to the computer, including access to PayPal or internet banking, meaning money can be taken from accounts.

On Monday January 7, the woman from Seil received a call from someone saying they were from BT and that her internet service would be terminated if she did not secure her account.

The woman was persuaded to provide remote access to her computer and bank details. The caller removed several thousands of pounds from the woman’s bank account.

Sergeant Iain MacNicol said: ‘I would urge people not to trust unexpected callers who say they are going to help you with your broadband or computer faults. No genuine company will call you without first having a fault reported by you.

‘Do not be duped into downloading applications or giving out remote access to your computer or personal details to pay for a repair you didn’t report.

‘My advice is just to end the call.’