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No More Unsolicited Calls: The Latest Scam Bait
In an attempt to take advantage of the fact that many people are plagued by persistent calls from call centres and telemarketers, scammers claim to provide telephone preference services.
By: Chester Chronicle
The police advise to be cautious of callers offering register services to stop sales and marketing calls. Usually, the caller claims to be aware of recent unsolicited calls that the targeted person has received and offers information and appliances in order to prevent further calls. Although the caller may already know some personal details such as address, bank institute or credit/debit card number, the overall aim is to obtain further information concerning the credit/debit card of the victim such as issue or expiry date, account number and security code to gain access to the credit card account and use for identity theft.
In some instances, small details can reveal the call to be scam: whereas some callers claim to be calling from BT directly, only BT Privacy at Home actually offers the telephone preference service. Moreover, the police advice against providing personal or financial details on the telephone, especially if the authenticity of the call is in question. In the event of such a call, it is also advisable to phone your bank using a number you would normally use or know to be legitimate to verify that the received call was genuine and to discuss necessary steps to take in case it was not.
The Tellows anti-spam website is available in about 20 countries in their respective languages and encourages users worlwide to share information about criminal phone spam methods. The phone number community makes it possible for consumers to enter comments on numbers, besides others, on www.tellows.de, www.tellows.com, www.tellows.co.uk, www.tellows.co.nz, www.tellows.fr, www.tellows.es and www.tellows.it. In this way, Tellows shall prevent consumers from being deceived.
Commercial registry: Magistrates' Court Leipzig HRB 26291, managing director: Stefan Rick.