THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23:Hundreds of Bermudians have received scams in the form of text messages from persons pretending to be from Nokia.
According to a press statement, over the past few days, the Financial Crime Unit of the Bermuda Police Service has received calls and e-mails from Bermudians receiving promotional texts.
The statement said: “The text message, allegedly from a ‘Nokia representative’, tells recipients that they have been selected as a prizewinner, in the ‘Nokia end of year mobile promo’ to celebrate Nokia’s 144th anniversary.
“It is difficult for Police to investigate these types of text messages as the suspects use pre-paid cell phones which cannot be traced and they use free online e-mail addresses such as Hotmail and G-mail which can be created in any name.
“These text messages are sent out by the thousands and the culprits simply download telephone numbers from online telephone directories, in other words those receiving the text message have not been individually targeted by the scammers.
“Advanced fee scams involve the victims sending money in order to obtain fictitious awards or inheritance.”
Police are issuing a warning to the public to be cautious when sending funds to people who have contacted them unexpectedly.
Meanwhile, a Bob’s Valley, Sandy’s home was robbed on Wednesday night.
The complainant told police sometime between 7:30am and 5:15pm on Wednesday, an unknown culprit gained entry into the and stole a black Xbox 360, a grey Playstation 2, and several games.
Inquires into this incident are underway.