DAWSON CREEK, BC: Police in Dawson Creek are sending out a warning message for a current phone scam targeting area residents…
Scammers are calling from numbers which may appear on Caller ID to be the same number as government or police departments during which they seek out personal information from the victim.
A victim recently reported having received a call from, what he thought to be, the Canada Revenue Agency. In this instance the scammer was able to gain the last 3 digits of the victims SIN number as well as an address. The information obtained from the phone call may be used in future identity frauds against the victim.
In another instance a scammer called from what appeared to be an RCMP Detachment phone number during which the scammer tried to unsuccessfully to gain the victims SIN number.
Some common phone and text messaging scams to be on the lookout for include:
- CERB Cheque Scam – A text message alerts a customer indicating that they have received a deposit for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and directs them to click an attached link.
- Utility Services or Phone/Internet Company Scam – A customer receives a text message indicating they are receiving a refund and provides an attached link.
- Caller ID Spoofing Scam – The caller deliberately disguises their phone number to appear on caller ID in order to hide their identity. The caller does this to trick you into believing they are a legit company.
Protect Yourself from Phone and Text Messaging Scams:
- HANG UP the phone right away if you get a suspicious call. Do not follow the prompts.
- DO NOT respond to the calls or text messages to unknown or suspicious phone numbers. Research the company contact information independently and call the company to confirm.
- DO NOT click on attached links. They may lead you to fake websites.
- DO NOT give out your personal or financial information through the phone or text messages.
- DO NOT respond to robocallers prompting you to push a number to be placed on a “Do not call list”.
- Utility or Phone/Internet Companies generally do not collect credit card or bank account information over the phone, by email or by text.
- No government agency or bank will threaten to arrest you.
- No government agencies will request payment in Bitcoin, iTunes cards, gift cards or interact e-Transfers.
If you are a victim of fraud in which you have incurred a financial loss and/or given out your personal information, call your local police to report the incident. Record details of your interaction with the fraudster including phone numbers, email addresses and communication with the scammer. Photographs or screenshots of the messages are helpful.
If you have not been a victim of a fraud but have information related to scams, please report this to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre through the website or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and forward the spam message to 7726 (SPAM).