Don’t be fooled by bank text messages

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A woman from Ardrishaig says she feels relieved after narrowly escaping a mobile phone text scam.

She contacted the Argyllshire Advertiser to warn others after she received a text message from fraudsters posing as her bank, asking her to contact ‘the bank’ urgently following suspicious activity on her account.

The phone number seemed genuine, so didn’t raise alarm bells.

They aimed to create fear and uncertainty by claiming that a sum of £600 was involved – and all she had to do to sort it out was to contact them using the details in the message.

‘I was put through to a foreign-sounding person, but it didn’t feel right,’ she said.

‘I phoned the bank and they assured me they would never send a message like that, and I was so pleased I checked with them.

‘I don’t know how much I’ll be charged for the call, though.’

She added: ‘It’s how clever these scammers are – it’s horrible to think that people unfamiliar with texting could be scared into falling for it.’

Police advice is that if you receive a text message that is unusual or suspicious, contact your bank by using their normal business number which can be found on official websites.

They strongly advise not to contact a phone number or click on links within the text message.

Contact Police Scotland on 101 to report any incidence of fraud or attempted fraud.

More information on frauds and scams is available on the www.actionfraud.police.uk website or call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.