Members of the Temiskaming Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police would like to inform the public of several different types of frauds/scams in the Temiskaming area.
Police would like to remind the public to be aware before providing any personal information or money. Police are suggesting to inquire about the company that is asking for your personal information such as your bank account, computer information. Listed below are some of the recent scams investigated by the OPP.
The Romance Scam – Fraudsters take advantage of people who are lonesome. They may steal other profile photos to make themselves appear like someone else, use social media and lure victims. They may rush into the relationship, and promise a wedding or expensive items, once they meet in the victim’s country, or they may continue the online relationship over an extent of time to develop a trust level which usually results in the victim losing a significant amount of money, and the victim never actually meeting their so called partner.
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Scam – If you receive a fraudulent communication by email, phone, text, mail, from someone that claims to be the CRA and they request personal information, these are scams and never respond.
The CRA will never send you a link and ask you to divulge personal or financial information.
Compromised Credit Cards – Fraudsters have been calling the public lately claiming to be employees from the fraud department at a bank. They proceed to advise people that their credit card has been compromised and in order to verify they have the right account, to please read them your credit card number. In these cases, the fraudsters already have your name and first four digits on the Visa or MasterCard. This tactic is used to make them sound legitimate.
Do not divulge any personal information related to credit cards or banking particulars over the phone, by email, letter, fax, or any other means of communication. Call your credit card company or financial institution on your terms to verify/report any suspicious activity.
If you believe that someone is posing as a fraudster on the phone, hang up. Also, you can file a complaint through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. If you are a victim of a fraud or scam, contact your local police agency.
Important Safety Tips to Remember:
- Before giving money, ask questions. If the organization is legitimate, they welcome questions and will provide reasonable answers;
- Never provide personal information through the internet or email;
- Keep your passwords and PIN’s a secret;
- Do not write down passwords or carry them with you;
- Shred unwanted documents and make sure that your name and social insurance numbers are secure;
- Ask a trusted friend/relative/neighbour to pick up your mail when you are away or ask that a hold be placed on delivery.
FRAUD…Recognize it …Report it …Stop it
If you suspect you may be the victim of fraud or have been tricked into giving personal or financial information, contact your local OPP detachment at 1-888-310-1122 or the (Link) Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.
The Government of Canada Competition Bureau: aims to increase your awareness of the many types of fraud that target Canadians and offer some easy steps you can take to protect yourself and avoid falling victim to fraud.
View “The Little Black Book of Scams” online: www.competitionbureau.gc.ca