Fife Police warning over online criminals

Never give your personal details over the phone or by e-mail
Never give your personal details over the phone or by e-mail

Police in Glenrothes have warned the public to be extra vigilant online after local people were targeted by criminals.

The incidents involved criminals calling on the telephone and claiming to be from Microsoft or another computer company.

They then persuaded the victim to give them remote access to their computer with the aim of stealing money from the victims’ bank account.

Glenrothes Community Sergeant Kenny Greig said: “I’d like to warn the public to be aware of these types of scams. No legitimate company, whether it be Microsoft or your bank, would ask for your personal details over the telephone or by email.

“If you get a call of this nature, please hang up and do not engage with these people.

“Never give your online banking passwords or personal security information to anyone or click on a link in an email purporting to be from your bank.

...an offer online that looks to good to be true, is probably just that!

Community Sgt Kenny Greig

“And an offer online that looks to good to be true, is probably just that!”

Anyone who has been targeted by criminals in this way should contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

For more information about staying safe online follow the links below:

www.scotland.police.uk

www.getsafeonline.org