The Norfolk Police Department is warning residents of a new phone scam in the area. Here’s how it works -
Scammers make phone calls from a number with a 757 area code and introduce themselves as a small business in the area. After introductions are made, they ask the potential victim if he or she can hear them OK and then record them when they say “yes.” With that recording, they then sign the victim up for products or services. If someone denies the charges, the scammers play back the recording of the victim’s recorded voice saying “yes” and then threaten legal action if the victim doesn’t comply.
The police indicate that many people are afraid to report the scam because they are embarrassed about being a victim. This makes it more difficult to acquire information about the scammers and various forms of the scam that may not be known yet.
Police offered tips to avoid the scam:
- Do not answer calls from numbers you don’t recognize, even if they are local numbers.
- Do not give out personal information.
- Do not confirm your number over the phone.
- Do not answer questions over the phone.
Not only are these tips useful in protecting yourself from this particular scam, they are good to keep in mind for all the interactions you have over the phone with strangers or calls from unknown numbers. Importantly, you shouldn’t feel embarrassed if you fall victim, as scams are becoming increasingly difficult to identify before it’s too late. Even the most savvy of us can be fooled.
If you do think your information as been compromised, please contact the police immediately. And as always, if you have any questions about fraud or errors on your credit report please contact us.