Pensioners scammed out of thousands by fake police officers

Elderly people in Ayrshire have been scammed after being contacted by someone claiming to be from their bank.

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Three pensioners have been scammed out of thousands of pounds after fraudsters urged them to withdraw cash to be collected by fake police officers. 

Police Scotland have urged people to be “vigilant” following the crimes, which occurred in Prestwick, Ayr and Mossblown in Ayrshire.

It follows three similar incidents which occurred last week in the area.

The victims were each contacted by telephone by someone claiming to be from their bank or the police, advising them that fraudulent activity had been detected on their accounts. 

They were then urged to withdraw thousands of pounds from their bank account, which would then be collected by a police officer. 

Chief Inspector Kevin Lammie said: “Extensive enquiries are currently ongoing at present to identify those responsible and is being treated as a matter of urgency. I would like to highlight this scam to everyone and remind them to be vigilant when receiving those types of calls.

“The bank or the police will never ask that you transfer money to another account or to take money out of your account.  If you are suspicious in any way then please hang up and contact the police or speak with the bank or a family member who can assist you in ensuring that you are not a victim of fraud.

“Officers are currently working with local banks to protect customers but they would like to ask that family members who have elderly or vulnerable relatives check in on them and ensure that they are aware not to provide any personal details via telephone or otherwise.

“The individuals responsible for such despicable crimes are very convincing and will do everything they can to gain the information they need to steal your money, we need to ensure that this no longer continues.

“If anyone has information or is concerned in any way, please make contact with Police Scotland on 101.”

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