News Release: Hamilton, Bermuda – The Bermuda Police Service welcomes the clarification from Total Research Associates Limited that their legitimate phone survey of Bermuda residents utilised the telephone number 441-405-9999.

In an abundance of caution, an advisory was sent out on Monday, October 7th regarding the possible fraudulent use of 441-405-9999, after several calls were received from concerned members of the public on Saturday, October 5th.

Red flags included residents being asked for personal information such as their name and year of birth as well as the automated message that was initially received when calling back 441-405-9999 stating that the call cannot be completed as dialled – which has since been updated to let callers know that the telephone number is used by Total Research Associates Limited to conduct regular public opinion and market research surveys.

Personal details are valuable and although they can be requested for legitimate purposes – as in this case – members of the public should remain wary of divulging such sensitive information over the phone or online to unknown persons.