Police warning about phone scam in Midlothian

Police Scotland
Police Scotland

Police in Midlothian are urging the public to be vigilant for a phone scam following an incident reported in Gorebridge.

An 84-year-old woman was within her home in Lady Brae on Wednesday, July 29 when she received a phone call at around 11.30am from a man claiming to be from the police.

The caller informed the woman that there had been fraudulent activity on her bank account, however, she did not engage the male in further conversation and hung up before contacting police.

Officers are now urging others to report any similar calls to police immediately and to never provide an unknown caller with any personal or sensitive information.

Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson, Local Area Commander for Midlothian said: “The woman was not taken in by the caller’s story and did the right thing by contacting police immediately to report the matter.

“I would ask that anyone else who receives a call of this nature does the same and do not allow anyone to get access to your bank account details or other pieces of personal data.

“Please remember that police will never contact you to advise of suspicious activity on your bank account and will not ask for any of your bank details during a phone call.

“If you have suspicions about the identity of a caller then hang up on them immediately and contact Police Scotland on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.”