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Online Fraud in Scottish Borders Area

Alert message sent 02/10/2019 14:15:00

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Have you been the victim of this type of crime? Are you embarrassed to tell anyone. Don't be. Neighbourhood Watch Scotland would advise you at all times to report this type of crime to Police Scotland as together we can prevent others becoming victim to criminals. 

Police Scotland is urging people to be on guard against online fraud after a Borders man was tricked into parting with more than £20,000.
The 67-year-old man, who lives in the Galashiels area, was contacted on social media and persuaded to click a link suggesting he had "won" £150,000.
He was then encouraged to part with a combination of cash and gift cards totalling £21,000 to pay for "delivery fees" and later "taxes".
Constable Christina Campbell-Falconer of Galashiels Police Station said: "On realising he had been the victim of fraud the man reported his concerns to police and we are now carrying out enquiries.
"We would encourage people to be extremely careful on social media. Sadly if something seems too good to be true then it probably is not to be trusted.
"It is best not to click on an unsolicited link and never send money or personal financial details to someone who has contacted you unexpectedly on social media.
"The people who carry out frauds like this are well practiced and go to great lengths to appear convincing.
"If in doubt do not act immediately and seek advice from a trusted friend or family member."
For advice about a range of frauds visit: https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/advice-for-victims-of-crime/fraud/ and anyone who believes they may have been a victim can contact Police Scotland on 101.
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