Fife man loses £29k in bogus bank call scam

 

A 50-year-old Cupar man has lost £29,000 in a vishing scam.

The victim received a phone call last Thursday claiming to be from his bank.

The scammer claimed that his account had been compromised, using software which made it appear as if they were calling from an official number.

The man was then convinced to transfer his money into another account for safekeeping, which resulted in the loss.

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Cunningham said, “These scammers claim to be from legitimate organisations and try to frighten or pressure people into revealing personal details or banking information.

“Never give such information or transfer money to an unexpected caller and, although anyone can fall victim to this, please warn elderly or vulnerable friends or relatives in particular to be wary this type of scam.

“If you receive such a call, advise the caller that you will contact the company on your own terms and hang up immediately.”

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