Police alert: a new method of phone scammers

Fraudsters have found a new way to defraud unsuspecting citizens by tricking them into giving away sensitive personal data, financial information, and even bank security codes through phone calls.

According to the statement EL.AS., phone calls are made from landlines or mobile phones using a recorded message in English or Greek. Attackers, posing as police officers, urge citizens to take certain actions in order to obtain information about criminal offenses allegedly being prepared against them.

To ensure their safety, the Office of Cybercrime Enforcement recommends that citizens:

  • Be careful with such phone calls.
  • Do not call back the number that was reported via voice message, be careful.
  • Do not discuss anything with those who call and ask for confidential information.
  • Do not share your online banking codes, card details, or other sensitive information by email or phone.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, disclose your credit or debit card PIN or bank account password through e-banking.

It is noted that citizens can get useful tips on how to avoid deception in “Citizen’s Handbookposted on the website of the Greek Police, as well as through the official accounts of the Cybercrime Control Department in the following social networks.

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