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Central Bank warns of phone swindlers

 Mobile phone scammers are using the name of the Central Bank to try to swindle cellular users.

The bank yesterday warned members of the public not to respond to fraudulent text messages sent to their phones asking them to contact the bank to collect prize money.

“The public should not send financial and personal information to these numbers, nor to anyone claiming to be an agent of Central Bank,” a statement from the bank said.

It added: “Central Bank would like to make it absolutely clear that it is not running any competitions at this time and it does not award money as prizes for competitions, nor disburse money to the public.”

The bank said it referred the matter to police.

Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) is also warning customers about hoax text messages that ask people to call an international number.

“TSTT has been advised that mobile service customers have received text messages urging them to call an international number that starts with the digits 002522973 or just 2522973.

These messages are not from TSTT and as such TSTT is advising customers to disregard such text messages from numbers they are not familiar with,” the company said in a statement Wednesday.

 These messages originate from an international source and returning calls to them can result in customers incurring significant costs which are to be paid to an overseas carrier, the company said. 

“Customers should therefore treat these messages as hoax offers. The company is monitoring activities associated with the text messages and will take all reasonable action to safeguard the interests of its customers,” it added.

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