There are dozens of complaints from citizens who received calls either from landlines or mobile phones. What are the astute ones asking for?
A new scamwhich has been sweeping our country for the last 24 hours, has raised the alarm in the Prosecution of Electronic Crime.
There are dozens of complaints from citizens who received calls either from landlines or mobile phones (which were normally displayed on the screen), with the aim of deceiving them. When the citizen picks up the phone, then he hears one recorded message (either in Greek or English) which informs him that he has pending criminal charges for a drug or money laundering case. The recorded message invites the potential victim to press “one” in order to be informed in detail.
Then, the scammers ask for sensitive personal datasuch as bank account details, with the ultimate aim of extorting money.
The Police issued a statement in which they note:
“Police and prosecuting authorities will not ask you for sensitive personal data or bank account details over the phone. Phone calls are made from landline or mobile phones using a recorded message in English or Greek. The perpetrators of these calls, pretending to be police authorities, urge citizens to follow specific steps in order to be informed about pending criminal cases that are allegedly pending against them.
Following the above, the Electronic Crime Prosecution Directorate recommends that citizens: be careful with these types of phone calls, keep the phone number from which they have been called, do not call back a number communicated to them via voice message, be cautious – not to talk to anyone who calls them and asks for sensitive information, not to reveal their online banking passwords, card details or other sensitive information via email or phone, not to give out, under any circumstances, their “PIN” code credit or debit card or their bank account password via e-banking’.
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