Police issue warning over fake emails claiming to be from Martin Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Scotland)

Police issue warning over fake emails claiming to be from Martin Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Scotland)

Police have issued a warning for consumers to watch out for fake emails claiming to be from MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis.

The warning comes after one Aberdeenshire resident was scammed out of over £35,000 having received an email from fraudsters using the Martin Lewis name.

North East Crime Reduction Officer PC Mike Urquhart said ‘these emails are fake, and the links within them lead to so-called ‘phishing’ websites designed to trick you into revealing your personal and financial details. If you receive these emails, do not follow the links and instead report to the National Cyber Security Centre. You can do so by emailing report@phishing.gov.uk.’

This messaging system is not for reporting crime as responses are not monitored 24/7.  If you have time-critical information regarding the content of the above message, or if you wish to report any other non-urgent matter, please call 101.  In an emergency, call 999.

Police Scotland’s North East Division covers rural and urban areas in Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.  The division has five territorial command areas which have their own dedicated Area Commander, who is responsible for the daily policing function.  Each command area is served by a number of community policing teams whose activities are built around the needs of the local community.  These teams respond to local calls and look for long term solutions to key issues.  They are assisted by the division’s Crime Reduction Unit who deliver against Force and local priorities in a number of areas, including physical and social crime prevention, supporting and enhancing community engagement and creating and sustaining strong and effective partnership working.