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Fraud victim scammed out of nearly £50k

Police are warning people to be aware of scam calls. Credit: UTV

A fraud victim has been scammed out of almost £50,000 by someone purporting to be an internet broadband provider, according to the PSNI.

Police are warning people to be vigilant when it comes to cold callers.

PSNI Superintendent Simon Walls explained: “The scammers have contacted their intended victims by telephone, warning that their online bank accounts had been hacked or there is a problem with their wireless router or broadband.

“Typically, the victim then gives the scammer remote access to their computer to fix the issue.

“Once the scammer is in to the computer and personal details are given by the victim online, bank accounts can be accessed and significant amounts of money lost - money you may well never get back.”

Don’t allow any cold caller remote access to your computer.

Be especially suspicious of anyone who asks for personal details, money, banking or credit card information via the telephone.

– PSNI Superintendent Simon Wells

Superintendent Wells added: “If you are at all suspicious about a call that you receive, hang up and phone the organisation that the person is purporting to represent to check their authenticity.

“Ideally, make the call from another telephone so you can be sure the original caller has not remained on the line. Never be pressured into a transaction over the phone.

“Guarding your personal and banking details is essential. Never disclose them to any unauthorised person, or allow anyone access to them via your computer.”

Suspicious calls, emails or letters can be reported to Action Fraud via their websiteor by calling 0300 123 2040, or to the PSNI on the 101 number.

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