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Perth and Kinross Local Area Commanders Bulletin

Alert message sent 01/08/2019 14:02:00

Information sent on behalf of Police Scotland

Wednesday 31st July 2019
Bank Transfer Fraud

It is with regret that this week’s bulletin focuses once again on the online crime of Authorised Push Payment (APP).

This is where a victim is called by someone claiming to be from their bank or the Police and convinces them to transfer monies to another third party account. The fraudster tends to claim that the victims own bank account has been compromised in some way and that to ensure the safety of their savings they must transfer their money to another account; either online or by going into a physical branch.

They may also use names of genuine bank employees or Police, which they have found from previous alerts about these types of frauds.

The victim will always be sworn to secrecy as part of the ‘ongoing investigation’ and may be told to come up with false reasons for transferring money if questioned by bank staff; or they’ve been told that the bank staff are in some way untrustworthy.

Almost £400 million has been lost to bank transfer fraud over the past 2 years which shows that the perpetrators of these crimes are professional and will come across as genuine, authoritative and convincing.

But let us be clear:

Nobody from your bank or the Police will ever contact you and request that you transfer money from your account or reveal personal/ financial information over the phone.

If you receive such a call then politely hang up. If you feel a need to contact your bank then do this from another phone as the fraudsters can continue to hold your phone line so that when you think you are calling your bank you are in fact still speaking to them.

Alternatively contact the Police. You won’t be wasting our time and I would much rather have my officers attend and potentially prevent a crime than see a victim suffer from these unscrupulous criminals.

Either way under no circumstances should you transfer any funds or provide people with personal or financial information over the phone.

On the afternoon of Monday 22nd July a life sized replica of a Police officer holding a speed gun was vandalised at Glendevon. (CR/19370/19)

Between Tuesday 24th July and Wednesday 25th July two antique mill stones were stolen from a house outside Comrie. (CR/19395/19)

On the afternoon of Tuesday 23rd July two stone knocking pots containing plants was stolen from outside a house near Rait. The pots are 2 feet tall and about 18” in diameter. (CR/19293/19)

On the afternoon of Friday 26th July a distinctive stone urn planter was stolen from a house on Coupar Angus Rd, Blairgowrie. It is about 1 metre high and has a design with 3 rams on it. (CR/1949/19)

There has also been a theft of 2 curling stones from outside a property on Hunter St, Auchterarder (CR/19875/19)

Between Friday 26th and Monday 29th July an attempt was made to gain access to a storage shed at the Community School of Auchterarder (CR/19811/19)

Overnight on Thursday 25th July an attempt was made to break into the Kirkmichael store. (CR/19471/19)

About 17:00 hours in the car park at Mill St, Kinross a silver BMW was vandalised on the bonnet and front passenger door. (CR/19639/19)

Overnight on Friday 26th July a BT Openreach van was vandalised with graffiti in Glenartney Terrace, Perth. (CR/19609/19)
Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident.  Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Ian Scott
Chief Inspector
Local Area Commander
Perth and Kinross

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