SOUTHBRIDGE – According to Southbridge Police, residents have reported fraudulent calls received from a company in El Paso, TX.
The caller claims that the resident has an outstanding arrest warrant for bank fraud and other crimes.
The caller attempts to manipulate the resident into revealing personal information such as a social security number or bank account information.
Callers have reportedly threatened criminal action by the police to those who have resisted revealing this information.
Consumer advocacy groups warn that no individual should reveal such private information over the phone in similar situations.
Southbridge Police advise the following steps to keep in mind:
- Always receive a call back name and phone number.
- Call the organization back to verify they are a legitimate business.
- Never give any personal information over the phone
- Do not give any blank checks to anyone
- If you are at all suspicious, contact your local police department
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