Police in Fife warn beware of ‘phone scammers

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Fife Constabulary has warned people not to fall for telephone scammers who try to persuade them to send them money, after telling them they have won a large amount of cash.

Over the past few weeks officers from the South West Fife Policing area have received a number of complaints from local residents reporting that they have been the victims of such telephone scams.

Community Safety Officer PC Keith McLeod said: “The scammers target vulnerable elderly residents living within our communities, claiming to represent the Euro Millions lottery and advising them that they have won a large amount of cash.

“They tell you that you are entitled to a large cash payout from a well-known national or international company and are then asked to pay hundreds of pounds into a UK cash voucher account to cover administration costs. Unfortunately the victim will lose this money.”

Fife is one of the safest areas in the country to live and work and officers from Fife Constabulary are asking all local residents to be extra vigilant when dealing with telesales companies or organisations; always speak to a family member or close friend for advice before progressing.

If a call is not expected Fife Constabulary suggest that you do not arrange work from a telesales calls or provide personal details to the caller. You should never provide banking details over the phone and always ask for the caller’s name and contact number, then check with the company for authenticity of the claim before progressing.

PC McLeod added: “Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, then generally it is too good to be true.

“I would urge members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Police immediately. Following the few simple steps mentioned above will help reduce the possibility of you becoming the victim of this type of crime. If anyone has any information on individuals who are purporting to be genuine and committing this or similar crimes then I would urge them to contact Fife Police on 0845 600 5702 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”