Police issue cell phone scam alert

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By Carol A. Clark

Cell phone users are being asked to beware of calls from one or more persons claiming to be Verizon representatives demanding credit card information over the phone and making service disconnection threats. Los Alamos Police Cpl. Oliver Morris described the unsettling experience a local teacher reported to him.“The caller said he was from Verizon and tried to bully the caller into giving him a credit card number to pay an outstanding bill over the phone or service would be immediately disconnected,” Morris said.Morris cautions cell phone users never to give out credit card information or any personal information over the phone.“It’s a good rule of thumb to follow,” he said. “Never give out any information. Instead, we recommend asking the caller for their name and telephone number and tell them you’ll get back to them.”The situation changes quickly when the  scammer is put on the defensive. In the case of the local teacher, Morris said the number for the cell phone bully was actually a disconnected number.

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