Woman loses £18k in phone scam

A Newton Stewart woman has become the latest victim of a telephone scam doing the rounds in Galloway.

The 70-year-old answered a call at 10.30pm on Saturday from a caller allegedly from her bank’s fraud team claiming Spanish hackers were trying to steal from her account. She was advised to transfer the contents of her account to a ‘safe’ account straight away. She obliged and realised the following day what had happened.

The woman is the latest to lose cash this way and police want to hear from anyone who may have received such a call. Call police on 101.