SuperTalk Mississippi
News

Mississippi businesses: watch out for phone scam

Photo courtesy of TeleSouth Communications Inc.

Businesses in Mississippi are being warned of a new telephone scam, which is currently targeting offices throughout the US.

CPR Call Blocker, makers of a call blocking device in the USA, is urging businesses in Mississippi to hang up if someone claiming to be a local police officer phones encouraging you to make a donation to a community cause you have allegedly supported in the past.

The scam involves a business receiving a call from a person (usually a male) claiming to be a local police officer. He begins by asking for a company director by name and then asks a series of questions about whether or not there have been any problems with anti-social behaviour in the area lately. This is a tactic to build a rapport with whoever answers the phone and display a level of knowledge of the local area to make them appear genuine.

The caller goes on to ask whether or not the business will be continuing to support a local police community publication with a small donation, just as they have done in the past. An apparent “colleague” of the caller then calls within ten minutes of the original call asking for payment. Yet when challenged to provide a telephone number so he can be called back, he claims to have forgotten his number.

Kris Hicks of CPR Call Blocker is urging businesses in Mississippi to be wary of unsolicited calls asking for donations.

“The issue with this type of scam is that people in businesses could easily be tricked in to thinking that they have supported a cause like this in the past. As many local businesses often give back to their communities through charitable donations, scams like these can be easy to fall for,” said Hicks. “The additional problem with calls like these is that people are naturally more inclined to trust a call that they receive from someone in a position of authority, such as a policeman. However, the police will not ask for money over the phone.”

Hicks said Mississippi business owners need to stay on their toes.

“In the meantime, we would advise businesses in Mississippi to be vigilant against these types of calls and suggest they never make a donation over the phone to an unsolicited caller without verifying the caller,” said Hicks. “This can be done by asking for their full name, job title and telephone number so you can check it out. We would also advise businesses to be aware of all the causes that they have supported in the past so that they cannot be fooled into donating to fake causes.”

Related posts

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More