A number of homes in the northern and suburbs of Athens have fallen victim to a scam involving callers pretending to represent establishments delivering pizza or other food, then robbing residents that don’t answer their home phone and are potentially absent. If a resident is home and answers the phone, the caller then shifts to verifying a non-existent order and address, apologizes for the error and hangs up.
Police say that these callers are either trolling the phone book for people living in affluent areas or they are former employees of legitimate eating establishments who took note of the perceived wealth of a home, then saved the information for future use.
Anyone receiving a suspicious call is encouraged to note the number if your phone has caller ID and alert police, especially if someone comes to the door.
– Use your cell phone to order takeaway, instead of your home phone (stathero)
– Consider a timer that turns lights on/off automatically
– Tell a trusted neighbor that you will be away, so (s)he can keep an eye on things
– Leave the stereo or TV on to confuse anyone coming to the door
– Have calls forwarded to you or a friend/relative that will be home
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