Please read this important advice from the SAFER team regarding current telephone scams – Please also pass on the information to friends / relatives that may not have internet access.
- BT phone call – ( You may be called by an old BT phone number – These phone numbers can apparently be bought by scammers), it’s an automated call that will you to press option 1……..DO NOT DO THIS AS YOU’LL BE CHARGED £35!
- HMRC – You may be called to say that you owe £600 to the tax man and that they will arrest you. Don’t be fooled – Tell them you are already in prison! HMRC never contact by phone or email.
- Internet Provider (Whomever that may be) – If you receive a phone call telling you that there is something wrong with your laptop / computer. Simply tell them you don’t have internet – If in doubt, you can always confirm later by contacting your internet provider yourself.
- Call from your bank – Now this is probably the most dangerous one – You might get a very convincing call from someone claiming to be your bank. You may think you’ve put the phone down to contact your actual bank when in actual fact the other caller has intercepted this call and you end up talking back to the scammers.
There are a number of FREE apps available to download to your smartphone which can detect and block unwanted calls as well as automatically identify & stop spam, scam and fraudulent calls. One of those is Mr. Number – Caller ID & Spam Protection
Mr. Number is the most powerful call blocker on the market. Block calls from people, businesses, and hidden numbers. Browse comments from other users when you get a spam call. Automatically block potential fraud and suspected spam calls.
Available for FREE (offers in app purchases) on both the Apple Store and devices that support Google Play