MSP for Shetland, Beatrice Wishart, has today urged vigilance on scam phone calls and texts after concerns have been raised that financial fraudsters are preying on the most vulnerable in society in light of scam phone calls and texts into the islands.
Ms Wishart pointed to a sharp rise in the number of record frauds in Scotland compared to this time last year, and urged islanders to be cautious and remain vigilant about potentially providing their bank details to those seeking to defraud them over the phone.
Commenting on the issue, Ms Wishart said:
“Attempts to financially defraud vulnerable people at any time is unacceptable but is worse in the middle of a pandemic.
“There has been a sharp rise of nearly 50% in the number of frauds recorded compared to this time last year, and now more than ever I urge islanders to be vigilant and ever aware of the serious threat posed by financial fraudsters. The Scambusters Shetland partnership, along with Adult Protection Services, is working to tackle the problem and offer advice and support.
“Fraudsters won’t just ask you for your bank details but potentially other identifiable details that could help them gain access to your accounts, so please make sure you are absolutely certain you know who you are speaking to on the other end of the line. If you think you may have been a victim of any of these fraudulent schemes please do report them to the Police, Trading Standards on 01595 744887 or to Advice Direct Scotland's Consumer Service at 0808 164 6000 or www.consumeradvice.scot”