September 19, 2021

Scammers are using different methods to target victims

A WARNING has been issued over callous con artists who are using uncertainty caused by the Covid pandemic to cheat victims out of cash.

The alert comes during ScamWatch Week, which aims to highlight the misconception that only older and more vulnerable people are caught out.

Consumer organisation Advice Direct Scotland has stressed that scammers are increasingly using emails and texts to prey on people of all ages.

Renfrewshire South MSP Tom Arthur, whose constituency stretches from Johnstone to Barrhead, is also urging local residents to be on their guard.

“Scammers are criminals who are often callous in their tactics to defraud people, particularly those in vulnerable circumstances,” said Mr Arthur, who is also Community Wealth Minister.

“Unfortunately, many have thrived amid the uncertainty created by the pandemic, with fraud reaching record levels.”

“We must ensure that people can readily…

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