Warning over bogus phone calls

Make text smaller Make text larger


Fraudsters are posing as government officials in a scam designed to fool people into handing over bank details, police warned yesterday.

A police spokesman said the crooks have attempted to get sensitive information trough phone calls and e-mails.

The Organised and Economic Crime Department has received reports from members of the public concerned about phone calls from people who claimed to represent Microsoft Windows.

The unknown callers are from overseas but say they represent the Bermuda Government.

The spokesman added: “The intent is to convince contacted persons to provide remote access to their computer, using the excuse that the computer has some type of problem, which the caller states they will fix.

“Once remote access is granted, the unknown caller asks the resident to log on to their electronic banking, where funds are eventually stolen.

“If the caller’s computer access request is challenged or refused, the fraudster is known to make threats — including suggesting that the contacted person could be sent to jail for not co-operating.

The spokesman warned people to ignore unsolicited phone calls and e-mails. He added that personal information, including access details for home computers, should never be disclosed over the internet or phone to unknown people.

Any incidents of suspected internet fraud should be reported to the Financial Crime Unit on 247-1757 or by e-mail to fraud2@bps.bm.

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published Feb 1, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Feb 1, 2018 at 8:01 am)

Warning over bogus phone calls

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

  • Take Our Poll

    Today's Obituaries

    eMoo Posts