Police appeal to beat scammers

Constable Scott Anderson has once again warned members of the public not to be caught out by scammers.

Speaking at this month’s meeting of Forfar Community Council, he said that, despite repeated warnings, members of the public were still be caught out.

He said: “Police Scotland would like to remind members of the public to remain vigilant against fraudulent activities, in particular advanced fee fraud.

“Advance fee fraud is when a person is asked to provide payment in advance of promised wealth, gifts, prizes or employment. Contact can come by email, phone, fax or post. Fraudsters typically target individuals claiming to be from the Ministry of Justice, the government, Office of Fair Trading or a loan company.”

Examples of this type of fraudulent activity include claims the recipient has won a sum of money in a lottery, an insurance policy has been discovered in the recipient’s name, time share refunds, payment protection insurance refunds and bank charges refunds.

Constable Anderson continued: “To receive the financial reward, the victim is required to pay an admin fee via money transfer service such as Western union or Moneygram, or purchase Ukash vouchers then pass the code to the fraudster. Despite warnings members of the public are still losing money on these - I don’t know what else we can do to let people know about it.” Anyone with information is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.