A fraudster scammed 50,000 in two separate ‘vishing’ incidents on the same day.
On Monday, one couple in Perthshire lost 25,000 after being instructed to call the help line number on the back of their card.
Using dishonest methods, the fraudster successfully continued with the scam and asked for the account holders’ bank details to be passed.
Another Perthshire resident was also conned out of 25,000 in another incident after being convinced to transfer their money to a ‘safe’ bank account.
Police in Tayside are now urging people to be vigilant when receiving calls about their bank accounts.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for Tayside Division said: “We would advise residents to be alert to any phone call they receive from a person claiming to be from a bank or financial institution, either asking for money to be transferred or asking for a phone call to be made to the bank. Do not provide any of your details.
“If you do decide to call the bank, where possible call from a different phone line or mobile number.
“If in doubt, ask the caller to put a stop on your account and attend your branch in person.”
In urging for caution, the public are encouraged to look at the following websites which have further advice and detailed information on and how to avoid becoming a victim of such crimes:
If you have any concerns regarding a phone call from the bank, call 101 for non-emergencies and general enquiries, in an emergency call 999. If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.