MEMBERS of the public are being warned about bogus telephone calls after three householders in the Ballyoran area were targeted last week.
The householders, two of whom were pensioners, became suspicious when they were asked for bank details from a company claiming to recoup money on mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance (PPI).
One of the residents was told that her late husband had sent off an application form.
Community representative Yvonne Sterritt said the residents were fortunate not to have lost any money but she warned people to be aware of such calls, often from people who sound very plausible.
She said, “We have put a piece on the Ballyoran Community Association facebook page alerting people to this.”
A police spokesman said members of the public should never give out personal details over the phone to unsolicited callers. He said, “If you are unsure of a caller or feel that something is not right then ask for details. Ask where they are phoning from, where they have got your details from and where they have obtained your telephone number.
“Also, ask them if there is a number you can phone them back on or if there is another representative from their company that you can contact. If you are still unsure about them then contact the company or business to check if the call is genuine. Legitimate companies won’t have a problem with you calling them back.”
The spokesperson added, “If you remain unsure of who the caller is then telephone QuickCheck on 0800 013 22 90.
“This call is free and will be answered by a trained operator. They will take the details of the company, which the caller claims to represent, and then contact that organisation to determine if the caller is genuine.
“If there is anything suspicious the operator will contact police directly.”