Complaints about phone scams that have been made recently are increasing, where astute people impersonate the police authorities with recorded messages and extract sensitive personal data, financial information or even security codes. The police , with a relevant announcement, warns citizens to be especially careful.
Specifically, as reported by the Greek Police, the fraud is carried out through phone calls from landlines or mobile phones using a recorded message in English or Greek. The perpetrators, pretending to be police authorities, urge citizens to follow specific steps in order to be informed about criminal offenses allegedly pending against them.
For their safety, the Cybercrime Prosecution Directorate recommends to citizens:
- Be careful with these types of phone calls.
- Keep the phone number from which they were called.
- Do not call back a number given to them via voicemail, be cautious.
- Not to talk to anyone who calls them and asks for sensitive information.
- Not to reveal their online banking passwords, card details or other sensitive information via email or phone.
- Do not, under any circumstances, give the “PIN” code of the credit or debit card or the access code of their bank account through e-banking.
It is noted that citizens can obtain useful tips for avoiding fraud in the “Citizen’s Guide”, which is hosted on the website of the Hellenic Police (www.hellenicpolice.gr) as well as through the official accounts of the Electronic Crime Prosecution Directorate, on the following social media: