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Police Office Impersonation - Fraud attempt

Alert message sent 24/03/2022 10:47:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Police Division have been made aware of a local resident from Strone who received a telephone call this week which has been an attempted fraud.

A female caller identified herself as a police officer from Oban Police Station saying there was a problem with the householders internet and that they appeared to have been a victim of fraud. The call was terminated without the householder providing any information or allowing remote access.


If one of our officers needs to speak to you on the phone or by email, they'll identify themselves clearly.

They will never:
  • ask you for your bank details or PIN
  • ask you to transfer funds to another account
  • ask you to hand over cash or bank cards to a courier
  • ask you to pay a fine or a fee to them or a third party over the phone or online
  • ask you for remote access to your computer, passwords or log on details over the phone or online
  • ask you to register personal details in an attachment they send or website they direct towards
  • ask you to 'assist' in an investigation by doing any of the above
  • communicate in an abusive, threatening or coercive manner
  • ask you to click on a hyperlink to participate in an investigation
Remember if you're unsure about whether the person you're dealing with is a genuine police officer – stop – and call us on 101 to check their identity. You should also contact 101 if you think you've been a victim of fraud.

When you terminate a call from someone you are suspicious of, ensure the line has been disconnected by calling a number like 1471 as some fraudsters will remain on the line without your knowledge.
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Laura Evans (Police, Constable, Argyll and West Dunbartonshire)

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