Don’t get caught out by scammers say police

Police have been holding Scam Prevention Advice Drop-Ins at Nationwide Building Society in Peebles.

Local officers PC Russell and PC Porter are advising the public not to get caught out this Christmas and to follow the scam prevention advice at Trading Standards Scotland.

They advise anyone who receives cold calls or unsolicited emails/texts not to press 1 or follow any other instructions given in an automated message.

And if you are speaking to a person, don’t give them any personal information, don’t agree to make any payments and never allow them to access your computer remotely

Never click on any buttons or links in unsolicited emails, even if they look official

Contact your bank immediately if you think you may have made a payment to a scammer or if you are worried that a fraudulent transaction has been made from your account.

Use the phone number on your bank statement or a publicly listed number (don’t use a number given to you by a cold caller).

To ensure that you are disconnected from the cold caller, phone another number such as 123 before phoning your bank or call them from another phone.

Be wary when filling in online surveys or questionnaires through pop-up adverts on social media. These are used to generate leads for companies to cold call you.

If you agree to a home visit by a trader following a cold call or online survey, you may want to ask a trusted friend or family member to be there with you to provide a…

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