Police are appealing to the public to be vigilant after an Armagh couple were swindled out of close to £80,000 in a banking transfer scam.
The couple were duped after receiving a call on Sunday (March 13) from a person claiming they were from ‘The Fraud Squad’ of police in London.
The male victim was told his account had been hacked and to check it.
When he noticed a transaction on his account he didn’t make, he was told to create a separate account to transfer funds.
Both the man and his wife did this, in total and in a matter of minute transferred £77,000 from their accounts to the scammers.
Enquiries remain ongoing into the matter.
Inspector Mark Conway said: “Any amount of money lost to a scammer is a horrible experience. In this particular case, where such a significant amount of money has been taken, it is devastating.
“This couple have been conned out of their hard-earned cash – tens of thousands of pounds. We can only imagine how distressing and traumatic this ordeal is for them.”
Inspector Conway said the threat of fraud, both online and offline, against the public “is a constant focus for us, and I want to appeal to people that, on no account, should anyone disclose their personal or financial details over the phone”.
“Please, be on your guard. Scammers are relentless and are constantly finding ways and means to con people,” he warned.
“Always err on the side of caution. It’s also really important if you have older members of family, talk with them and tell them legitimate providers will never seek their personal details, such as banking information, over the phone. This is a really important conversation to have. Guarding your personal and banking details is essential. Never disclose them to any unauthorised person.”
Anyone concerned they’ve been a victim of a scam can report the matter to Action Fraud via their website www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.
You can on 101, or submit a report online using our non emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/
There is also lots of advice on our website at https://bit.ly/3tbprn0 Information and advice is also available at www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni or the ScamwiseNI Facebook page @scamwiseni