A north-east pensioner was scammed out of £20,000 after fraudsters convinced him to go to the bank and transfer funds.
The 71-year-old, from Brechin, was conned when criminals claiming to be from his internet service provider telephoned him and claimed to have accidentally put £10,000 into his bank account.
They asked him to reverse the ‘error’ by going to his bank and depositing £10,000 into their account in return for a reward.
That transfer went through – but the fraudsters told their victim it had failed, so he authorised a second payment of almost £10,000.
Scammers told the victim to tell bank staff the money was being transferred for home improvements.
Police are warning residents to be on their guard against such incidents.
“Scammers carry out this fraud by impersonating internet service providers, computer companies, banks and software firms,” said a Police Scotland spokeswoman.
She added: “To avoid falling victim to this scam, you should be wary of unsolicited approaches by phone claiming to offer a refund.”