Woman is conned out of £20k in phone scam

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Police Scotland is again warning the public after a 68 year-old Castle Douglas woman was conned out of £20,000 in a telephone scam on Thursday 17 March.

Contact was made with the woman by telephone purporting to be from the Visa Fraud Unit, indicating that fraudulent activity had been discovered on her account and that she should transfer funds into another account to protect them, for which she was given details.

The woman transferred the funds and the scam was complete.

Detective Inspector Dean Little said: “Our advice is to note details and before taking any action on that first call, stop and think, and even discuss with friends or relatives what it is the caller is requesting. Again any personal details or details of account numbers should never be discussed over the telephone.”