We have received a report of a telephone fraud in the area whereby the female caller said that she was calling from a Claims Advisory Group and that a £2900 PPI refund was due. Unusually, the victim was advised that they would have to pay £175 in iTunes vouchers to the company solicitor when he would attend later that day to drop of the cheque. A man subsequently phoned stating he was from the same company and requesting the voucher codes and an additional payment. All calls were received from a withheld number, the male is described as being foreign sounding.
Please be extremely wary of any unsolicited phone calls and never give out personal details or banking details.
What else can I do that will help protect me from Bogus Phone Callers?
• Consider making your phone number ex-directory.
• Register with the Telephone Preference Service
• Don’t give out any personal information unless you are the one who made the call and you are certain of the identity of the person you are speaking to.
• Don’t give out your credit card or bank card details to strangers on the telephone.
• NEVER tell somebody your bank PIN number, even if they claim to be the bank or police. If the caller is genuine they will never ask for this information.
• Don’t give out information which may infer that you live alone, are older or vulnerable.
• Never send money to anyone who claims to have a prize or refund for you.
• If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
For more information on Identity Theft, Fraud and Scams please visit the Police Scotland Website
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Nick Walker (Police Scotland, Constable, Scottish Borders)
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