The Dryden Police Service has received numerous calls over the last few weeks involving fraud and scams. The Dryden Police Service wishes to remind the public to never give out personal information over the phone or clink on any type of suspicious link inside an email.
On March 9, 2018 a victim reported she received a call from “Publishers Clearing House” advising that she won a car and some money. The victim did not provide any information over the phone.
The number was traced back to Jamaica.
On March 20, a victim reported receiving n email from the Canada Revenue Agency adving they were expecting a refund. The email directed the victim to an authentic looking link that directed them to add their Social Insurance Number and a Credit Card Number. The victim, believing this was an authentic email added their information but quickly recognized a fraud. The victim acted by calling their banking institution and stopped all transactions.
If you have been the victim of a scam, contact our financial institution and local police. If you have information about a scam, report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (1-888-495-8501. The Canadian Anit-fraud website (www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca) outlines what a Tax Scam is and how to protect yourself and be diligent regarding frauds and scams.
Source: Dryden Police Service Release