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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Scammers Hijack Mid-County Senior Center Phone Number

Northampton County Area Agency on Aging wants you to know of a scamming operation in which perpetrators have managed to hijack the telephone number of the Mid-County Senior Center in Bath. Its telephone number, 610-837-1931, is being used to lull older adults into revealing personal information.

This is spoofing, i.e. the practice of causing the telephone network to indicate to the receiver of a call that the originator of the call is a station other than the true outgoing station.

Area Agency on Aging officials caution that personal information - date of birth, social security number, bank account information - should never be disclosed to unfamiliar telephone callers. Additionally, never say "yes" to an unknown caller, instead say "who are you calling?" or "what are you calling about?" If you say "yes" to anything, this can be recorded and then can be edited to make it sound as if you agree to various types of charges.

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