The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) sent out another advisory – this time, reminding the island’s senior citizens not to be “duped” by internet scams after a local senior lost “a significant amount of money”.

A BPS spokesman sent out the advisory on Monday (July 12) warning “our seniors not to provide their banking information to unknown individuals”.

“In one recent incident, a senior was contacted by an individual via WhatsApp and led to believe they were the recipient of a substantial sum of money,” he said.

“However, in order to collect the funds, the senior was advised they would have to make a transfer from their account to another at a local bank.

“The senior followed the instructions, only to be duped out of a significant amount of money.

“A report was made to police and an investigation into this matter has now begun,” the spokesman added.

“The BPS urges seniors, if you are contacted about your finances by someone, other than a trusted relative/friend, do not provide them:

• any information about your money
• your bank account number
• any informaon about your bank cards
• your bank card number or your PIN number
• your phone number, address or any of your personal information
 
If you feel unsure, about someone contacting you regarding your financial information:
 
• Do not engage in conversation with them
• Inform your financial institution.
• Contact the Police at 911