A local man has been arrested and charged in connection with fraud offences. It follows an investigation where a woman in Galashiels was subject to fraudulent transactions, by people claming to be from the company Amazon, in November last year. Extensive enquiries were carried out resulting in the arrest of a 31-year-old man in Hawick on Wednesday, 28 April, 2021. He has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal and will appear at court at a later date.
In this case the victim was informed that an Amazon Prime subscription had been fraudulently deducted from their bank account and they were then persuaded to download malware which allowed the scammer to access bank account details.
Amazon state on their website that they will NEVER call and ask you to install an app or ask for remote access to your computer. They advise that if you receive a suspicious call, email or text claiming to be from Amazon which asks for personal information, a payment, or offers a refund you don’t expect, you should not give out any personal information.
What to do:
•Do not press 1 or follow any other instructions given in an automated message
•Don’t give any personal or account information to a cold caller
•Never follow instructions from an unsolicited caller to download an app or software which would allow them to access your computer remotely
•If in doubt, hang up and contact Amazon using details found on their official website
•Report scams to Advice Direct Scotland
•If you have been the victim of fraud, report it to Police Scotland on 101