Residents warned of possible phone scam

Special to The Wayne Stater

Residents of Nebraska are being warned of a new telephone scam which is currently sweeping the United Kingdom and could be set to hit the United States.

CPR Call Blocker, makers of the best-selling call blocking device in the US and the UK, is urging the public in Nebraska to beware if they receive a call from an apparent police officer telling them that their bank card has been cloned or that money has been taken from their account.

The scam, which has been conning people across the UK, involves the ‘police officer’ then asking the victim to either hand over their bank details, transfer funds or withdraw cash for collection.
“In our experience of working across the US and UK, scams spread quickly across the pond so it is sensible for people in Nebraska to be on their guard as we have no doubt that fraudsters operating in the US will soon start using these tactics,” Chelsea Davies, CPR Call Blocker business development manager, said.

“It’s important to remember that police officers and bank officials will never ask you to withdraw or transfer money or hand over private banking details,” Davies said.

What to do if a bogus call is comes in: Hang up if you ever have any doubts about someone who has called you.

Ensure the line has been terminated before making any further calls. You can tell if the dial tone is present or by using another phone.

Never give out your PIN number, banks will never ask for it.

Never give bank cards to anyone at your door, even if they say they are from the bank.

“In the meantime, if you suspect you may have compromised your account, contact your bank or card provider as soon as possible,” Davies said. “It’s also advisable to check your bank and card statements regularly for unauthorised charges as a matter of course.”

The CPR suite of call blockers are available from www.callblockerusa.com and www.amazon.com.