By Caleb Hutton
Bellingham police are warning people about a company that cold-calls people asking for sensitive information.
If you get a call from 1-855-639-8763, don’t give out anything sensitive, said Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young. Instead, hang up and call police.
An elderly Bellingham resident got a call from someone claiming to represent “The Eastern Division” earlier today, Oct. 24. The caller accused the resident of some kind of check fraud, then asked for a social security number and other sensitive info.
Whoever’s calling has done some background research on the victims, so it makes them sound more legit. Otherwise it’s a pretty typical scam, Young said.
Never give that kind of information out without talking to local law enforcement or your bank.
When Young called the number, the man who picked up the phone “sounded like he’d had a few drinks,” he said. I tried calling, too, and just got a voice mail box. Sounded like the guy on the answering machine had just smoked a couple packs of cigarettes.
So far police have only gotten one report of the scam. Young would like to keep it that way.
“I’d like to nip this one in the bud,” he said.