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Phone scams: how to stop and foil them

Arnaque téléphonique par appel masqué © Pixabay
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Elderly people are the scammers’ main targets.

Over the last few days, a number of residents of the Principality have been the targets of telephone scams through foreign service providers. The scammers call using a withheld number, making them untraceable by the victims.

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Here’s how the fraudsters operate: they pretend to be police officers or lawyers and tell the victims that a member of their family has been involved in a serious road accident. They then demand a certain sum, in cash or valuables such as jewellery.

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The calls are mostly aimed at elderly people who are perhaps more inclined to do the caller’s bidding. If you are on the receiving end of one of these calls: do not agree to what you are asked to do, hang up, block the caller’s number and contact the Police Department on +337 93 15 30 15.