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Strabane man loses £7,000 in internet scam

POLICE have issued a stark warning to the public about fraudsters, after a Strabane man lost some £7,000 in a scam.

It is understood that the local man was conned out of his money when a scammer phoned him pretending to be from his internet provider.

The scammer explained that his internet would be turned off because hackers had obtained his IP address.

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After downloading an app and following instructions from the scammer, the local man eventually realised he had been scammed out of £7,000.

Chief Superintendent Simon Walls said, “Fraudsters will go to any length to scam people out of money and you might think it might never happen to you, but it can. Each scam differs in design but the ultimate aim remains the same – to steal your money.

“I cannot stress enough just how important it is to be scam aware and to know how easy it is to fall victim to a scam if you don’t spot the signs.

“I want to appeal to family members to do all they can to let their loved ones know, especially those who are older and vulnerable, never to give out any kind of financial details over the phone or to download software during a call  unless they are 110 per-cent sure it is safe to do so.

“Scammers are creative and will do whatever they can to con people out of money. They don’t care who their victim is, they just want the money and will employ whatever tactic is necessary.

“Police would advise people to always err on the side of caution when it comes to people asking for your personal details. If you have older members of family, talk with them and tell them legitimate providers will never seek their personal details, such as banking information, over the phone. This is a really important conversation to have.”

Advice and information can be obtained by visiting the ScamwiseNI Facebook page @scamwiseni or  www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni.

The Superintendent added, “If you have received a call of this kind or are concerned by the intent of unsolicited calls, emails or letters then please report it to Action Fraud via their website www.actionfraud.police.uk or by phoning 0300 123 2040, or call police on the non-emergency number 101.”

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