Police Scotland is warning the public to be aware of telephone and online scams after an Angus pensioner was conned out of nearly £20,000.
The 71-year-old Brechin man was contacted by someone claiming to be from his internet provider.
A spokesman for Police Scotland’s Tayside Division said: “Criminals use technology to take control of your computer remotely, normally after receiving telephone calls and offering assistance due to perceived issues such as slow connection, router and wifi issues or faults, computer viruses and unauthorised access to email or internet service provider accounts, to name a few.
“Scammers carry out this fraud by impersonating internet service providers such as computer companies, banks and software firms among others, and many of them claim you are due refunds or compensation to entice you into allowing access to your computer and coercing you into logging onto online or internet banking to steal your money.
“People should be wary of unsolicited approaches by phone claiming to offer a refund.
“Avoid letting someone you do not know or trust have access to your computer – especially remotely.
“You should never log onto your internet bank while someone else has access to your computer, and do not share one-time passcodes or card reader codes with anyone or disclose your four-digit card pin or your online banking password, even by tapping them into the telephone keypad.”