An elderly resident in the Scottish Borders received a call from a male stating they were due over £4000 from the European Lottery. The resident had previously played the European Lottery. The male caller stated that they needed to buy £450 of iTunes vouchers to release the money. Over a few days the scammers called the resident to get the voucher codes.
This and similar scams are becoming a daily occurrence. Please encourage your friends, family and neighbours to sign up for SB Alert so that we can circulate current scams. If you have friends, family or neighbours that do not have access to email then consider if there is a way you could share the information with them.
In all scams like these our advice is
• Don’t give out your credit or bank card details to strangers
• Never give anyone your PIN numbers
• Never send money, vouchers or similar to someone who claims to have a prize for you
• If it sounds too good to be true it probably is
• If in doubt hang up the phone
• Don’t give any personal information to a stranger on the phone or in person
For more information visit the Police Scotland Website at http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/personal-safety/identity-theft-fraud-and-scams or the Get Safe Online website at https://www.getsafeonline.org/
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Kirsty Neish (Police Scotland, Constable, Scottish Borders)
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