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Police are urging Campbeltown residents to be suspicious of calls allegedly from their bank after a local man was persuaded to transfer a large sum of money to a ‘safe’ account via his internet banking.
The man initially received a call from the fraudsters who said that there was an issue with his account and someone had withdrawn a large amount of money. He was suspicious of the call and put the phone down but then decided to call his bank to check that there were no issues, and that’s when the fraudsters struck again.
A police spokesman said: ‘It appears the caller has kept the line open so when the man called, he actually got straight through to the fraudsters and a woman answered and persuaded him to transfer a large sum of money.’
Police would like to remind everyone not to trust such calls regarding possible bank frauds. Don’t give out personal information over the phone and always check that calls like these are genuine by calling your bank yourself.
Always make sure you hear a clear dialling tone before calling your bank in case a fraudulent caller has kept the line open and you end up calling them again.
Another suggestion is to call a friend first to confirm the call is not answered by the fraudulent caller.