Man on bank scam after ‘impersonating police’ in Lanarkshire

A man has been charged with a series of fraudulent schemes, including impersonating police officers.

Since the beginning of the year, a number of banking scams have been reported to the police across the country, but mainly in the central belt.

The Lanarkshire towns of Motherwell and Blantyre were two of 15 across Scotland – from Ayr to Aberfeldy – where incidents took place, with more than £300,000 defrauded from victims.

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Between October 2021 and January 2022, over 30 reports were received from members of the public, who were visited or contacted by individuals claiming to be officers of Police Scotland.

Each time, the victim was contacted by phone by someone claiming to be from a bank fraud service and informed them that their bank account had been compromised.

They were then told to either transfer money remotely to another online account or go to a bank and withdraw the money, which would then be collected by a police officer.

Although all attempts to extort money were unsuccessful, officials defrauded a number of victims across the country, including Lanarkshire.

A major investigation has been launched by Police Scotland and as a result a search was carried out at an address in Queensland Drive, Glasgow on Thursday March 31 last year and a man was arrested.

The 24-year-old appeared at Stirling Sheriff Court on Friday.

Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Lindsay said: ‘Our investigations into these offenses are continuing and I urge all members of the public to remain vigilant for these types of scams and to report any suspicious phone calls or approaches you they receive from anyone claiming to be Police Scotland. .”

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