A business owner has issued a warning about the dangers of bank fraud, after he was scammed out of almost £8,000.
Marcus Gear said the caller was so convincing he was persuaded to use his banking app to hand over all the money he was relying on for his business.
“I had complete trust in this person. He was, in my eyes, controlling the app,” said Mr Gear.
His bank, Starling, said he was wrong to give out a code found in the app, but eventually refunded his money.
Last September Mr Gear, who owns an events company in Bristol, received a call from what he thought was his bank, telling him they suspected fraudulent transactions were being made on his account.
They said they would push the payments through the app for him to reject.
“One by one he told me the amount, to the penny, that was going to pop up on my phone,” Mr Gear explained.