Warning over scammers impersonating police officers to steal money

Police Scotland said it had been alerted to a recent spate of financial scams in the Greater Glasgow area.

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A warning has been issued to people living in the Greater Glasgow area amid a rise in scammers impersonating police officers.

Police Scotland said there had been a recent spate of financial-related scams in and around Glasgow, including in East Renfrewshire.

The scam involves people receiving a call from a person claiming to be a police officer alerting them to fraudulent activity on their bank account.

The thieves then ask the resident personal questions, claiming it is for security reasons.

In some cases, victims are asked to visit their bank to withdraw money and hand it over to another person.

Police Scotland said neither its officers nor your bank will ever ask you to transfer, withdraw money or set up a secure account for you.

Detective sergeant Nicol McPherson said: “We are asking members of the public to be aware of scams and take precautions to avoid becoming a victim.

“These scams are not always easy to spot and anyone can be fooled. These criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police.

“Often they have details about a person they shouldn’t. convincing people they are legitimate.

“I would encourage anyone who receives a call from someone claiming to be from their bank or financial institution to make sure the person calling is genuine.

“If in doubt hang up and contact the bank using the phone number on the back of your card or official paperwork.

“If the caller is genuine, they will understand your hesitation, don’t feel pressured to hand over details or withdraw money.”

Anyone who thinks they may have fallen victim to this scam is asked to contact police on 101.

Advice on scams can be found here.

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