Frauds and scams continue to be the main crime reported in the CBM area, the most common is when you receive a call from either a company asking you to buy or renew a product, or from a bank asking you to transfer money to another account. Abiola Abimbola on the CBM Community Council is working proactively to reduce and prevent this sort of crime in our area.
Simple advice to avoid becoming a victim:
- Don’t install apps or software unless you are sure it’s from a genuine company. Don’t click on download links that are sent to you unsolicited.
- Don’t be rushed – scammers may try to create a sense of urgency to rush you into doing something. Genuine companies won’t pressure you into making the purchase immediately. Take your time, verify the company, and verify the payment method.
- If you are unsure who you are speaking to or if it’s a genuine company, hang up and check for a company contact number and call them back.
- Never transfer money to another account when asked by anyone that calls claiming to be from your bank, as they will never call and ask you to move money.
If you believe you have received a scam text or call, you can report them to the phone network by texting the word “text” followed by the number the call or text came from to 7726.
If you are scammed, contact your bank immediately, also report the incident to the police on either 101 or via contact us on the Police Scotland Website.
Abiola is delivering focussed presentations on how to protect yourself from fraud crimes and has presented to the following organisations recently:
- Deeside Christian Fellowship Church
- Westhill Men’s Shed
- Northcote Lodge Trust
- Aberdeen Deeside Rotary Club