Police in the Borders are warning people to take care when accessing the National Savings & Investment website.
Fraudsters have set up a bogus website claiming to be the official site of National Savings & Investments (NS&I) and are contacting members of the public, cold calling them and offering them the chance to invest in 65+ Bonds (also known as Pensioner Bonds).
Members of the public who are searching for the official website may be directed to the fake one which then asks them to supply contact information.
Victims are then receiving a follow up e-mail and/or phone call from the fraudsters who are requesting evidence of identity documents and bank account details either over the phone or by sending the victims fake forms to fill out.
A common name that appears on the emails sent by the fraudsters is ‘Kevin Archer’.
Police advice to avoid being a victim of fraud: do not pass personal or banking information to companies that cold call you; the only domain name (website address) that is legitimate is www.nsandi.com; NS&I do not make sales calls to potential customers so do not enter into discussion with cold callers claiming to be NS&I.
If you have been a victim of fraud or suspect a company of fraud contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk