No matter how many warnings are issued, crooks who want to acquire your hard-earned money seem able to think up new twists on old scams.
Angus Council has issued yet another reminder to the public to be alert, and to check very carefully with your own bank or building society before parting with or moving cash.
The latest is a phone scam in which people are being tricked into thinking that their computer is under attack.
Trading standards officers were contacted by a member of the public in the Brechin area who had received a telephone call from an unknown person claiming to be a Service Control Manager of DNS. The bogus caller claimed the member of the public’s computer was under attack and that someone was illegally using their computer.
A trading standards spokesperson said: “The fraudster quoted a very long number which he claimed to be the number of the computer. While he states that he does not want any payment for this information, he advised that he will pass the consumer to another company that can help deal with the illegal activity.
“When the consumer asked the caller for details such as their phone number the fraudster was evasive and stated that he could not do that as a different phone number was generated each time as the call was being made over the internet.
“While we’re pleased to report that in this case the consumer was knowledgeable about possible scams, she does feel that the caller is sufficiently persuasive and plausible to entrap many others.
“If you know about someone who is at risk or who may have been a scam victim contact Police Scotland on 101 or Angus Council’s trading standards team on 01241 435600.”
For information about financial harm and financial scams call 08452 777 778 and follow the Scam Free Angus team on twitter @scamfreeangus for up to date scam alerts.