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Scammers targetting Highland residents, warn Police Scotland

By Philip Murray

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Don't get caught out by scammers.
Don't get caught out by scammers.

Police have urged Highland residents to be on the alert after the force received reports from locals who had received scam callers.

Officers have moved to remind residents that genuine companies will never unexpectedly contact you to ask for access to your account or download an app.

And they've stressed that the scammers can appear extremely convincing, so don't get caught out.

"We've received reports from people in the area receiving calls from scammers posing as officials from banks, IT companies, broadband providers and retail outlets," said a police spokesman.

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"They will claim your account has been compromised or something is wrong with your computer and request access remotely to allow them access to your accounts or personal data.

"Please be aware that genuine companies will not unexpectedly contact you and ask you for access to your account or to download an app. Always be vigilant when receiving telephone calls from unknown persons.

"They will appear to know much about you and may even know your name, address, passwords and direct debit details. However, this does not make them legitimate and is often part of the scam.

"Stop – take a moment to stop and think. Never reveal personal banking details to someone who calls you out of the blue.

"Challenge – could this be a scam? Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

"Protect – contact your bank immediately if you think you've fallen for a scam and report it to Police Scotland.

Visit Police Scotland's website for tips on how to avoid scams and frauds – www.scotland.police.uk/advice-and-information/scams-and-frauds/

Other useful contacts include Trading Standards and Neighbourhood Watch.

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