Warning to Public – Bank Telephone Scams
Mid Argyll Police have been made aware that several members of the public in the Lochgilphead area have recently received telephone calls from people claiming to represent their bank. The callers then attempt to obtain banking details over the phone.
Some of these calls have been received in the early hours of the morning which has caught people off guard.
Police would like to remind the public never to give out such information over the phone and always check any such call is genuine by calling their bank themselves – using the Bank HQ phone number in the Telephone Book.
Always make sure you hear a clear dialing tone before calling your bank in case a fraudulent caller has kept the line open.
An excellent suggestion to test for the scam of keeping the line open, is to call a friend first to see if that call is answered by the fraudulent caller.
Attempted Bank Fraud
About 00.15am on Friday 23rd October an elderly woman in Lochgilphead received a telephone call from a man stating that he was from her Bank and that he wanted to query a cheque that was being processed against her account.
The man persuaded the woman to give him her bank card details to allow him to investigate the payment. Fortunately the woman realised that the telephone call could be a scam so she telephoned her bank and her card was cancelled before any money was taken from her account. Police were then informed and are investigating the matter.
Attempted Theft of Car
About 04.30am on Tuesday 20th October an attempt was made to steal a car from outside a house near Inveraray Castle. The vehicle was driven but abandoned.
Police attended but a search failed to find the person responsible. Police are investigating and are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with any information to contact them on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
About 11.00am on Friday 23rd October, on the A83 near to West Loch Caravan Site, Tarbert, the driver of a white coloured Mercedes Sprinter van crashed off the road in an effort to avoid a collision with a silver Nissan Pixo car, subsequently a 61 year old woman was charged with alleged Careless Driving. No persons were injured as a result of the incident and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
Theft by Shoplifting
About 12.30pm on Monday 13th October a shoplifting incident occurred at the Co-op in Lochgilphead. Subsequently a 43 year old woman was traced, arrested and later issued with a Formal Warning.
About 09.00am on Sunday 23rd October on the A83 near to the Corran Roundabout in Lochgilphead, a car was stopped and the 21 year old man who was driving was arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol. A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
About 12.40pm on Sunday 25th October, following a report of a disturbance at a house in Inveraray, a 29 year old man was detained, he was later charged with alleged abusive behaviour and a report was submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
Appeal for witnesses and information
If any member of the public has information in relation to the above, or to any incident, they can contact their local police office on telephone number 101, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.