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Scammers Defraud £9,000 from Pitlochry Woman

Police are warning people in Highland Perthshire of scammers targeting people in communities across the area over the phone.

This is after a sixty-year-old woman became the victim of fraud over the phone and lost £9,000.

Police Constable Caroline Madden from Pitlochry Police Station said: “The woman was targeted from fraudsters claiming to be from her bank. She was asked to provide the answers to her security questions and then informed that someone had attempted withdraw the money from her account. She was advised she would have to transfer more money to counteract this.    Criminals then contacted the bank impersonating the victim, used the security answers provided by her and stole £9,000. 

“I would like to remind the public, if fraud has been committed on your account, banks will never contact you direct and ask you to transfer money to another account. If they do hang up immediately.

 “If you are suspicious contact the bank on the correct number you have for them.”

Anyone who’s concerned about fraudulent activity should let the police know by phoning 101 with any information that could help prevent a crime.

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