MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Swiss Canton of Uri – news in German
December 16, 2020
False police officers are currently up to mischief in Central Switzerland. Fraudsters pose as police officers on the phone. They ask the victim to help solve a criminal offense and to bring their assets to the police in “safety”. The police warn against this scam!
Telephone fraudsters have been very active again in Central Switzerland in the past few days. The police received several dozen reports from persons concerned who recognized the fraud in good time. The fraudsters pretend to be police officers and keep coming up with new stories in order to obtain large sums of money, account information or passwords from their victims. The perpetrators are clever and often misuse serious and trustworthy telephone numbers of authorities and companies. It can also happen that, for example, the police emergency number 117 appears on the telephone display. The (fake) trustworthy identity ensures that the victims do not harbor any suspicion.
How can I protect myself?
Be suspicious if a police officer asks you to withdraw large sums of money and give it to a stranger or deposit it somewhere. The police never ask for large amounts of cash; especially not by phone.
Become suspicious if a caller asks you to pay or if you have to give out sensitive information like account information or passwords. Even if the caller says he needs this information for comparison or for your identification.
If “117” appears on your display, do not take the call and inform the police in your canton. The police never call you on the emergency number.
If you are unsure, ask that you can call back. In that case, however, do not dial the callback button on your mobile phone, but call the official number of the local police. Ask there if they really wanted to reach them.
Telephone fraudsters look for their victims in the public telephone book. You are specifically looking for people with a traditional first name, as this could provide an indication of their age. Protect yourself by only writing the first letter of your first name. Change your phone book entry directly online.
Take warnings from bank employees seriously and allow them to call the police if they have the slightest doubt.
Make a note of the name and telephone number of the person calling and report them to the police.
You can find more information about spoofing at Swiss Crime Prevention at www.skppsc.ch/Spoofing.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.