A woman in Haddington, East Lothian has been scammed out of thousands of pounds after a woman posing as a cryptocurrency scammer targeted the 38-year-old.
Police Scotland launched a probe into the shocking series of events that took place several times between September and November 2022.
The incident was reported on Thursday, 17 November 2022 and involved the victim, a 38-year-old woman, being contacted by a fraudster who persuaded her to download a mobile app to transfer funds in exchange for cryptocurrency.
This took place a number of times between September and November 2022, with the victim losing a five-figure sum of money in what was revealed to be a fraudulent scheme.
Suitable advice has been provided to the victim and extensive enquiries are ongoing. At this time, officers are warning the public to be vigilant with regard to scam calls.
Detective Sergeant Declan Hogg said: “Do not trust any unexpected correspondence and never pass your personal or financial details to anyone unless you are certain who they are and why they require that information.
“If you feel the need to reply to correspondence to check the authenticity of a contact, please, only use the company’s verified official website and the communication methods detailed upon it.
“Especially where money is being requested, be it physically withdrawing it from the bank or the electronic transferring of it, always, stop, think and check with a friend, relative or neighbour before taking any action.”
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He continued: “Please be careful and vigilant when it comes to financial service providers or adverts on social media offering high-value returns for investments in shares or cryptocurrency.
If a deal is too good to be true, it usually is. Check the company’s details with the Financial Conduct Authority to ensure they are genuine.“
“Any victims of such crimes, or anyone with any concerns can contact Police Scotland via 101.”
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