Ala. residents warned of recent telephone scam

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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According to CPR Call Blocker, citizens across the state 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 are the makers of the best-selling call blocking device in the US and the UK. The organization is urging the public in Alabama to beware if they receive a call from an apparent police officer telling you that your bank card has been cloned or that money has been taken from your account.

Conning people across the UK, the scam involves the ‘police officer’ then asking the victim to either hand over their bank details, transfer funds or withdraw cash for collection.

Chelsea Davies, CPR Call Blocker Business Development Manager, shared recently, “In our experience of working across the US and UK, scams spread quickly across the pond so it is sensible for people in Alabama to be on their guard as we have no doubt that fraud-sters operating in the US will soon start using these tactics.” She continued, “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. We ask that friends, relatives and neighbors of seniors help us spread the message to prevent anyone falling victim to this scam.”

To prevent falling victim to these scams, the public is encouraged to follow these guidelines. The guidelines are as follows:  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’re from the bank.