NHS Shetland warns of phone scam
NHS Shetland is warning folk of a telephone scam after an elderly woman had money taken from her bank account this week.
In a statement the health board said a man phoned the woman and gave the impression he was calling about her medication. It is understood the sum was £270.
NHS Shetland said: “He did not give his name but said that he was in charge of her drugs and advised her to stop some, stating he would provide her with different “herbal” medication.
“The man went on to ask for bank details, which unfortunately the patient gave to him.
“The scammer removed funds from the bank account and the police have been informed, as have trading standards.
“NHS Shetland would remind the public to be aware that this has happened and to be mindful that while pharmacy or health centre staff may contact patients from time to time to discuss medicines, they will never ask for bank details.
“If anyone receives a call of this kind, they should end the call and contact their local health centre immediately.”