Tayside and Central Scotland

Falkirk phone fraud victim lost entire bank account

A man lost more than £15,000 after a fraudster persuaded him to transfer his entire bank balance to a bogus account.

The Falkirk man fell victim to the phone scam by a caller who claimed to be from the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The scam involved persuading the man he might have been the victim of fraud, and advising him to transfer his money to safety.

Police have urged people to be wary of cold calls and potential fraudsters.

The fraud took place on Saturday 10 May when the victim received a phone call from a man purporting to be from RBS at Gogarburn, saying he had received a high-value cheque which may have been written fraudulently.

The scammer, who had a polite Edinburgh accent, advised the victim that he should transfer the funds in his main account to another one through online banking.

He transferred the call to a second fraudster, this one using a foreign accent and using buzz words typical of a call centre worker.

A few days after making the transfer, the victim grew suspicious and contacted his bank for advice.

Insp John Kellett of Police Scotland said: "This scam was convincing enough that the victim lost a five figure sum of money, believing that he was under instruction from his bank.

"Scammers prey on our trust, but it's important to remember that banks would never ask you to reveal your passwords, pin numbers or other sensitive information over the phone.

"If you have doubts you should call into your branch to verify this."

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