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Police Scotland warns Highland residents to be on guard after reports of phone and internet fraud

By Philip Murray

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Police Scotland officers have warned people to be on their guard.
Police Scotland officers have warned people to be on their guard.

POLICE have urged Highlanders to stay on their guard following a spate of attempted online and telephone frauds.

"Incidents have been reported in the last week where people are contacted by someone claiming to be from their bank or another organisation such as the HMRC or BT stating that their accounts have been compromised and they need to take urgent action," said a spokesman.

"This usually takes the form of asking to transfer money to a "safe account" - which in reality belongs to the fraudsters.

"The criminals who use tactics like this go to great lengths to appear legitimate - including making it appear that they are calling from genuine phone numbers.

"It is important to remember a genuine caller from your bank or any other official agency would never ask you to transfer money during an unsolicited call.

"Always be suspicious if someone claiming to be from your bank requests your bank or personal details - they should already have them and they wouldn't ask for them over the phone.

"A genuine caller will understand if you are sceptical and will not pressure you into taking immediate action.

"It is best to politely end the call and call back on a number you have sourced yourself, ideally using a different phone. Alternatively seek advice from your local bank if that is an option.

"Most importantly never give out a banking password or PIN number over the phone."

If you have concerns or suspicions report them to police as soon as possible on 101.

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