Scambusters event

Forth Valley residents attended a “Scambusters” talk on Wednesday, hosted by Stephen Kerr MP in the Mayfield Centre, St. Ninians.

Speakers at the event included Police Scotland, who demonstrated how to stay safe when using ATM machines. Conmen from Glasgow and Edinburgh come up to Stirling to fit cameras and card scanners to ATMs to take card details, and can go as far as fitting whole facades to get card information.

Representatives from consumer group Which? and Stirling Council’s trading standards also spoke on avoiding the most common telephone and mailing scams. The emphasis from both speakers was “never give your details away to anyone over the phone”.

Stephen Kerr MP said:

“I’d like to thank all the speakers who took the time to come to this event. PCs Chris Smith and Manny Sangha, Thomas Docherty from Which, and Brian Wilson from Stirling Council’s trading standards. We all learned something new that will help us identify and protect ourselves from scams. “