Police in Edinburgh are currently investigating a telephone banking scam whereby three separate victims have been targeted.
The victims receive a phone call purporting to be from their own bank, informing them that their bank account has been compromised. They are thereafter requested to transfer monies from their account into a separate “Safe Account” in order to prevent any fraud. Details of this “Safe Account” are provided by the caller and the victims have thereafter done as requested and transferred significant sums into this account.
This is a fraudulent scheme and people are reminded NEVER to give details of their bank account to anyone over the telephone.
Police Scotland have previoulsy given the following advice when dealing with people calling you saying they are from your bank
We would advise that if you are telephoned by anyone pertaining to be from your bank to telephone your bank back especially if it involves transferring money, providing or confirming your bank details.
Always look up your bank’s telephone number and do not use a number the caller provides. Furthermore, if you do decide to ring back and verify the call it is advisable to do so on a different phone line, like another landline or on your mobile.
If this isn’t possible, leave at least 30 minutes between receiving the suspect call and making a new call. Some scammers keep the phone line open and will reconnect as soon as you dial a new number; continuing the scam by pretending to be a different person from the bank.
Always be suspicious if someone reporting to be from your bank or any organisation requests you to transfer money, asks for your bank or personal details. Above all, if there is the slightest doubt, attend in person at your branch.