Duped into handing over £59,000

Police Scotland is warning residents across Tayside including the Angus, Dundee and Perth areas to be vigilant against telephone fraud following a number of scams.

Fraudsters are targeting Bank account users with a practised scam which dupes people into handing over large cash amounts. The scam involves a fraudster calling a cardholder, claiming to be from their bank or Building Society and telling them that their records have flagged up a fraudulent transaction or suspicious activity.

The fraudster suggests that the victim hangs up and immediately call their bank using the number located on the rear of their bank card to ensure the call is genuine. The fraudster plays a recording of a dial tone and ring tone so that when the victim picks up their handset again they think they are really calling their bank. One victim in the Angus area was recently duped into handing over £59,000.

If you think you may have been the victim of a similar crime, report this to the police. If you have any concerns you can contact Police Scotland on 101.