The person, who stays anonymous, was contacted out of the blue by someone claiming to be from a telecommunications company. Because the man’s computer had been “running slow” for some time, he was easily hooked in by the scammer’s claim that there had been a fault which needed to be fixed.
The elderly gentleman was then told he had been hacked, and was persuaded handy over distant access to his computer.
He was further reeled in by a claim that the supposed hacker was watching his checking account, and that his help could be needed.
Explaining the matter to The Isle of Thanet News, a friend of the victim said: “The scammer said that they’d put a big amount of cash into his current account after which send it to an address which they’d email him.”
The person thought he was helping in a fight against crime, and that his funds were simply getting used as “bait” to catch a scammer.
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Katy Worobec, managing director of economic crime at UK Finance, said: “Authorised fraud losses rose again this 12 months as criminals targeted people through a wide range of sophisticated scams, with much of the criminal activity going down outside the banking sector, often involving online and technology platforms.
“That is why we proceed to call for other sectors to play a greater role in helping protect customers from the scourge of fraud.”
Britons have been urged to Stop, Challenge and Protect as a part of a nationwide campaign by Take Five.
Firstly, individuals should take a moment to stop and think before parting with money or information.
Next, they need to challenge because it is okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests, as legitimate organisations will understand reticence and caution.
Finally, to guard oneself, individuals should contact their bank immediately in the event that they imagine they’ve fallen victim to a scam. They may report the matter to Motion Fraud.