BPS Scam Advisory: Fraudulent Computer Calls

November 30, 2015

The police continue to advise 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,” saying the public should be “especially wary of anyone calling or making contact via e-mail to provide instructions regarding banking detail verification or upgrading their computer security.”

A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service continues to advise 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.

“Residents are reminded that user account information necessary to access their home computer[s] is valuable and that this information should never be relayed over the internet or phone to unknown persons.

“Members of the public should be especially wary of anyone calling or making contact via e-mail to provide instructions regarding banking detail verification or upgrading their computer security and it is strongly recommended that such calls and e-mails be ignored.”

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  1. Grakoos says:

    I personally know of one case – a very intelligent person, a senior executive at a reinsurance company, lured to a fake Norton Antivirus website, gave credit card details and minutes later received a phone call from a supposed Microsoft rep telling her that her computer was “seriously compromised” and offering “help”.

    Her credit card was charged by the operator of fake Norton website, and she had to cancel her card.

  2. mj says:

    was at a friends earlier and a call came through saying the computer had a virus. funny thing is, there was no computer at the residence and so they said it was the phone, the phone was not a cell and when asked why they were calling so late and what their names were they hung up …hmm

    • John Stifler says:

      This is why I never trust people over the phone, especially if the number is not familiar. I usually look up the number on sites like http://whycall.me or just simply Google it to see if people have been reporting the number. It saves a lot of my time, and my number is less likely to be targeted by scammers now.