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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.

https://biteable.com/watch/3449618/c01f1e13a725df1d4882e64fa00460c2

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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