Elderly victim scammed out of £72,000 in East Lothian after caller pretends to be from Santander

An elderly victim in East Lothian has been scammed out of £72,000 by a caller who pretended to be from bank Santander.

Thursday, 16th September 2021, 6:32 am
Updated Thursday, 16th September 2021, 5:01 pm

Authorities in the area have released warning after the high value fraud, saying that the victim was persuaded to move the money out of their account after receiving a call from someone claiming to be from the Santander Fraud Department.

The called proceeded to ask the victim to move money immediately for ‘prevention purposes’ which they did.

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Elderly victim scammed out of £72,000 in East Lothian after caller pretends to be from Santander

Police have reminded people not to be afraid to hang up and call a trusted number to confirm the validity.

In a social media post, the also added that fraudsters will use spoof numbers to make the call appear its from a genuine bank number, saying: “it is for this reason police advise that if you call your bank back.

"If you have concerns or suspicions report them to police as soon as possible on 101.”

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