The Cybercrime Directorate is warning that there is an increase in phone scams pretending to be from the Police and asking for your bank details for pending criminal cases.
A new announcement was issued today the Directorate for the Prosecution of Electronic Crime, as it has received over 100 complaints within a 24-hour period of phone calls, which, using a recorded message in English or Greek, inform you that you have pending criminal charges and try to take away your bank accounts.
And once again they inform that the real police and prosecuting Authorities they will never ask you by phone sensitive personal data or bank account details.
We read from the announcement:
Greek police headquarters
Athens, September 16 2022
Information of the Electronic Crime Prosecution Directorate to the citizens - internet users, for an attempt to deceive them, through telephone calls
Beware of phone calls using recorded messages in which perpetrators pretend to be police authorities
The police and prosecuting authorities will not ask you for sensitive personal data or bank account details over the phone
In the last period of time, cases of attempts to deceive citizens through telephone calls with the aim of extracting sensitive personal data, financial information or even security codes have been reported to the Electronic Crime Prosecution Directorate.
Phone calls are made from landline or mobile phones using a recorded message in English or Greek. The perpetrators of these calls, pretending to be police authorities, urge citizens to follow specific steps in order to be informed about pending criminal cases that are allegedly pending against them.
Following the above, the Electronic Crime Prosecution Directorate recommends to citizens:
- be careful with such phone calls,
- to keep the telephone number from which they have been called,
- not call back a number provided to them via voicemail;
- to be cautious – not to talk to anyone who calls them and asks for sensitive information,
- not to disclose their online banking passwords, card details or other sensitive information via email or phone.
- not to give, under any circumstances, 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 to avoid being cheated 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: