‘Duped Out Of A Significant Amount Of Money’

July 13, 2021 | 2 Comments

The police are advising seniors to not provide their banking information to unknown parties, noting that in one recent incident, a senior was contacted by an individual via WhatsApp and “the senior followed the instructions, only to be duped out of a significant amount of money.”

A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service is once again advising our seniors not to provide their banking information to unknown individuals.

“In one recent incident, a senior was contacted by an individual via WhatsApp and led to believe they were the recipient of a substantial sum of money. However, in order to collect the funds, the senior was advised they would have to make a transfer from their account to another at a local bank.

“The senior followed the instructions, only to be duped out of a significant amount of money.

“A report was made to police and an investigation into this matter has now begun.

“The BPS urges seniors, if you are contacted about your finances by someone other than a trusted relative/friend, do not provide them:

  • any information about your money.
  • your bank account number.
  • any information about your bank cards.
  • your bank card number or your PIN number.
  • your phone number, address or any of your personal information.

“If you feel unsure about someone contacting you regarding your financial information:

  • Do not engage in conversation with them.
  • Inform your financial institution.
  • Contact the Police at 911.”

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  1. sage says:

    Are these scammers untraceable?

    • DNA says:

      Seems that a WhatsApp message would be pretty easy to trace. Beware the man with a limp and a soft voice.

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