(PRWEB UK) 5 June 2014
In the BBC News article from 13th May 2014, by Dean McLaughlin ’Limavady scam: Tens of thousands stolen from bank accounts’, detectives said that a criminal gang had targeted victims in the Limavady area, and used sophisticated computer and telephone scams to divert money from bank accounts. The fraudsters masqueraded as legitimate banks and other financial institutions in order to trick victims into revealing personal information such as PIN codes. Fraudsters then used this information to carry out scams to gain access of bank accounts and cash, and scam victims into making transactions to untraceable accounts.
In the article the BBC revealed just one of the tactics used to defraud victims in this type of bank scam. Fraudster’s contacted victims and pretend to be from a bank. They claimed that a suspicious transaction had occurred on the victim’s bank account and that in order to protect their money they would have to transfer it to another protected account. This account was actually under the control of the fraudsters and once the money was transferred the victims never saw it again.
In the case of the Limavady scams, the BBC news article reported that some people had lost ‘everything they had’. One man was reported to have lost his complete life savings, adding up to nearly £60,000. The question why Limavady was targeted remains a mystery. One of the officers assisting with the investigation into this serious fraud crime, Sergeant Ian Hunt said "We are not sure why Limavady is a key target. Maybe it's because we have lost a few banks recently and jobs.”
Plymouth Private Investigators (privateinvestigators-plymouth.co.uk) can offer effective measures to protect against fraudsters. These professional investigators have a great range of experience when it comes to identifying potential scams. Fraudsters can use very sophisticated methods that can trick people into revealing confidential personal information. This can then enable them to access their victim’s bank accounts and defraud them. Private investigators have the skills and techniques to spot fraudsters and stop them in their tracks.
Chief Private Investigator Aaron Lincoln recommends that people to be very careful when handing over personal information, particularly bank details. He advises that if someone calls or emails you asking for personal or financial details “do not provide this information until you are absolutely sure they are legitimate”. Aaron goes on to say “If you suspect that you someone is trying to involve you in a scam contact private investigators. They will be able to investigate the background and identity of those contacting you and find out if they are genuine or not.”
Plymouth Private Investigators can help to protect you and your family against financial fraud. Contact Chief Investigator Aaron Lincoln on now 020 3633 2039
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