Saturday, May 12, 2012

Verify Phone Numbers of Police Officers

One more spam going around concerning telephone scams resulting in identity thefts is a telemarketer pretending to be a police officer. The caller creates fear in the recipient by telling the unsuspecting victim that he is being connected to one crime or offense. He will be asked for his personal data for identification or verification, the caller will say. He will be threatened for further offense if he will not give the details he asked for. At the end, the poor victim will find himself with debts he did not make because his name was used to make loans already.

In such cases, better check the phone number that called you. Do not get intimidated.  Find out to whom the phone number belongs to and from where the call the placed by using the phone lookup reverse. If the phone number is legitimate, you can contact them at their office for mored details. But if it is  scam, remember, you have agencies backing you up in this circumstance like the FTC. No one is spared from such calls, but you have the ways not to get victimized. One is to register your phone to National Do Not Call Registry. Another is to keep yourself informed and updated of the many phone scams going around and equip yourself with the proper means of dealing with phone scams.

It is sad that even the guardians of safety and security of the community are being used for crimes like these. The best thing you can do is to be aware and guarded at all times. See the things at all perspectives meaning that even if the caller introduced himself as a police officer, do not readily jump into any conclusions and decide on anything. Never panic because you might end up acting on things that might bring you more trouble instead of protecting you against it.

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