Police Warn Residents About Phone Scams

November 18, 2014

The police are reminding people to “remain vigilant” regarding phone calls, e-mails and other correspondence from unknown persons that attempt to obtain personal information or other sensitive data, saying that one common scam involves unknown callers offering to help residents with alleged glitches reportedly affecting their home computers.

A police spokesperson said, “Once again the Bermuda Police Service would like to remind members of the public to remain vigilant regarding phone calls, e-mails and other correspondence from unknown persons that attempt to obtain personal information or other sensitive data

“One common scam involves unknown callers offering to help residents with alleged glitches reportedly affecting their home computers.

“These calls are believed to originate overseas, with the fraudulent callers often claiming to represent the ‘Microsoft Windows operating system.’

“When such callers are challenged, they often become more insistent and confrontational.

“It is strongly recommended that any similar unsolicited communication be ignored.

“Residents are reminded that personal information regarding accessing their home computer[s] is valuable and that this information should never be relayed over the internet or phone to unknown persons.”

“Any incidents of suspected internet fraud should be reported to the Financial Crime Unit on telephone number 247-1757 or via the e-mail address fraud2@bps.bm.”

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  1. Toodle-oo says:

    “When such callers are challenged, they often become more insistent and confrontational.”

    Oh , I beg to differ. When I told the caller what I thought of him and his scam and what he was really looking for besides personal information and told him where to go and what to do to himself when he got here he was totally gobsmacked and silent .
    And I hung up before he could even get his thoughts back in alignment.
    No problem at all !