Cyprus Mail

Primetel warns of phone phishing scam

Telephony providers Primetel are advising subscribers to exercise caution with an ongoing phone scam with calls made from unknown numbers, particularly overseas numbers.

In a press release, the company said there was an increase in these fraud incidents, where unsuspecting subscribers receiving phone calls from unknown numbers – either Cypriot or international.

Posing as employees of banks or multinational corporations (Amazon, Microsoft), the scammers try to extract personal data from the persons they call.

Primetel said it was working to protect its subscribers, by blocking phone numbers identified as fraudulent.

It also advised people not to respond or call back these numbers, and to never give out any personal data over the phone.

Anyone who suspects such fraudulent activity can report it to the police’s cyber-crime unit by calling 22607250 or 22808200, the citizens hotline at 1460, or their telecoms provider.

Primetel subscribers specifically can call the customer support centre at 133, free of charge.

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