PHONE SCAM: A Warning to Mainers from the AARP
While this warning is aimed more at older people, anyone can fall victim to scams like this, especially those who always think that people who call have the best of intentions. Not necessarily.
This press release from the Maine AARP details how the scam works.
AARP Maine received information today from the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce concerning fraudulent telephone calls being made to residents from callers claiming to be from a company called MCI-ITS S-Telesy. The caller ID phone number is 213-337-0014. The caller asks for computer passwords and personal information due to a virus they claim to be monitoring. The Chamber conducted brief online research and found that this company name and phone number have been used in other known scams.
Any Maine residents who receive a call from this number should contact the State Attorney General’s office at 207-626-8800.
The County residents who alerted the Chamber of Commerce reported that the fraudulent callers have foreign accents, are aggressive on the phone and that they call multiple times.
AARP Maine is urging all residents to be aware of this scam and to be reminded to never give out personal information such as a Social Security number, credit card number, computer passwords or bank information to unknown sources.
For information on how to avoid scams, go to AARP.org