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Police warnings after three targeted by scammers

Scammers targeted people in separate incidents in Tyrone, north Down and the north west

POLICE are urging people to be vigilant after almost £30,000 was stolen from three elderly people.

Scammers targeted the pensioners in separate incidents in Tyrone, north Down and the north west.

On Wednesday, police received a report of a man who had taken a call stating that he was entitled to a refund and to provide bank details to receive the money.

The fraudster then accessed the computer remotely and was able to remove more than £10,000 from the victim's business account. The money was sent to an address in Scotland and withdrawn.

Later that day, a man in Co Tyrone was targeted by online scammers who managed to access £9,000 from his account after he was told there was a problem with his internet connection.

In the north west, a man also had £7,000 removed from his bank after being told his internet had been hacked and remote access was needed to his computer to fix it.

Chief superintendent Simon Walls said those responsible have caused a devastating and lasting impact to their victims.

"Our advice is always be wary of any individual who cold calls you. Don't allow any cold caller remote access to your computer. Be especially suspicious of anyone who asks for personal details, money, banking or credit card information via the telephone," he said.

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