Police Warning Over Phone Scams

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RESIDENTS have been told to be on their guard after East Dunbartonshire was hit by a fresh spate of phone scams.

Police have been inundated with complaints about the cold-calling fraudsters in recent weeks.

Constable Siobhan McCandlish, from Kirkintilloch Police, told the Herald that there were a number of different types of calls - but all of them were designed to hit people in the wallet.

Some of the con-artists have claimed to be from the person’s bank, while others have asked for money to be transferred and promised a massive legal pay-out in the future.

Another ruse involves the caller posing as a Microsoft worker requesting money to instal virus software on a computer.

Constable McCandlish said: “Never ever give your bank details over the phone or by email, this is not bank policy and they will never ask you to do this.

“Never give out personal details if receiving unsolicited calls. Never purchase cash vouchers to gain a larger sum of money in return.

“Take time to think, if you are cold called by a person and the deal sounds too good to be true then usually it is.

“Keep yourself and your money safe and do not get caught out by these scams.”