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Phone scam warning after victim cheated out of ‘tens of thousands of dollars’

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Seniors were warned about a phone scam (File image)

A phone scam victim was duped out of tens of thousands of dollars, police revealed yesterday.

The Bermuda Police Service said that seniors made “numerous” reports about the scheme, where someone claimed to be a representative of One Communications Limited.

A police spokesman added that the caller asked for personal information.

Acting Detective Inspector Clifford Roberts, of the Criminal Investigation Unit – Specialist Investigations Crime Division, said: “The senior is then asked to sign into their electronic device – laptop, iPad – allowing the caller access to conduct a supposed virus security check.

“Once the unsuspecting senior does so, the scammer is able to gain access to the victim’s personal information, including their banking information; eventually transferring monies from the victim’s bank account to an overseas account.

“In one instance, tens of thousands of dollars.”

The BPS spokesman added: “Should you be contacted by someone claiming to be from One Communications suggesting your electronic device may have been compromised by a virus and they are calling to assist with the problem, you are advised to immediately end the conversation.

“Do not provide your personal information.”

One Communications has been used in a phone scam (File image)

He said the caller’s number should be recorded, if possible, and a report should immediately be made to police by calling 211.

A One Communications spokeswoman said: “Should you receive a call from ‘One Communications’ advising of a compromised IP address, please hang up the phone.

“This call is not from One.

“Do not provide the caller with any personal information, or implement any fixes that they may suggest.”

She added that anyone who got a suspect call should contact police.

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Published November 25, 2021 at 7:51 am (Updated November 25, 2021 at 7:52 am)

Phone scam warning after victim cheated out of ‘tens of thousands of dollars’

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