PEOPLE in Dumbarton are being warned to watch out for fraudsters claiming to be from internet or mobile phone providers.

Victims are being contacted by phone and are being told their mobile has been hacked and, in order to free up the phone, they must download and install an app to remove the spyware. 

The criminals then talk the unsuspecting victim through the process of "setting up" the app. 

What they are actually doing is enabling themselves to clone the victim’s mobile phone with all of their passwords and login information neatly saved into the rogue app - allowing them to make purchases through any bank cards saved on the phone and even access online accounts.

Sergeant Marcus Littlejohn, of Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Community Engagement Team, said: "Telephone scams have become increasingly sophisticated over the years with scammers finding ways of exploiting emerging technology to disadvantage their victims. 

"Anyone can be taken in by these fraudsters so, please, don’t be embarrassed if you think you have been caught out and contact your bank or building society as soon as possible as well as Police Scotland on 101."

More information is available on the Police Scotland website.