Police issue warning after woman scammed out of £20,000

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Police have been made aware of recent attempted bank fraud by telephone in the Argyll area.

On Friday August 9, a woman in the Furnace area received a call from a man who said he was from her Bank Fraud team.

The man said that there was an ongoing fraud where someone was trying to take money from the woman’s account.

The woman was suspicious but the man said that she would receive a call on her mobile from his manager. The woman did receive a call and the phone number displayed matched the number shown on the back of her bank card.

Ultimately the woman was persuaded to log on to her internet banking account and transfer almost £20,000 to another account that the caller gave her details of as he said this would protect her money.

Sergeant Iain MacNicol, of the Lochgilphead Community Policing Team, said: ‘We’re aware of many ongoing telephone scams occurring within the Argyll area and I would urge people not to trust unexpected callers who say they are from your bank.

‘If you do receive a phone call telling you about suspicious activity on your account, call into your local branch or phone your bank using a different telephone. Never move money to another account on the advice of a phone call, it is more than likely a scam.

‘More advice is available on the Police Scotland website under our Keep Safe banner.’