Forth Valley Sensory Centre
We regularly recieve updates on the latest telephone scams from Forth Valley Police and their community officers. The information below is based on reports to the Police and are active scams in our area, right now.
Do share the information with friends and colleagues and especially any vulnerable people you might know so they can avoid being conned by these heartless people.
Bogus caller Incidents: 31st October- 30th November 2017
Over the past month the incidents of note involving Bogus Caller activity followed the regular pattern of phone and computer based incidents.
1) Phone Scams: The victim are being contacted by the scammers claiming to be from their bank and advising of unusual activity on their bank account. The scammer will then request that monies are moved to separate accounts for security purposes.
I have just had a call alerting me to a new scam, please pass on to clients and families as appropriate. They call you up (from a local number) and say they are from BT Protect. This is a legitimate service, so gives it some validity. They asked the lady to spell her name which she did, then said from tomorrow they would guarantee no scam/nuisance calls came into her, but then asked her to spell her name as on her Bank Card. That immediately set alarm bells ringing and she told him he was a scammer which he said he was not. Anyway she hung up and called BT – who let her know what the scammers are doing now is to rent phone numbers, so when it looks like a local number people are more likely to answer.
2) Computer Scams: Victims are advised by phone that there is an issue with the malware on their system which is effecting the computer and could potentially have a virus within, however for a fee the malware will be sorted.
3) Supermarket Vouchers: A scam involving “Free” vouchers to the value of £250 being promoted on Whats App for Morrisons / Tesco / Asda and Aldi. To access the “Free” vouchers you have to complete a survey monkey on which certain personal details are required. There are no “Free” vouchers and you will have unfortunately parted with your personal information. The websites used are very similar to the above named supermarkets with only very slight modifications to the spellings (ie small dot below the C in Tesco) etc
**Please be advised that no financial establishments (Banks / building societies etc), Government Departments or the Police will ever ask for you to disclose your personal banking details in this manner**
Report any suspicious activity to Forth Valley Police on 101 and if you are concerned at all by any potential transaction, online or over the phone then give yourself time to double check it before handing over any details.
Officer Bryan Mackie