A new phone scam reported in the area

Par Vicky Girard
A new phone scam reported in the area
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A new type of phone scam mentioning that a social insurance number is compromised was reported to the Service de police de Châteauguay (SPC), which calls for public caution.

The fraud comes from an individual pretending to be a Service Canada employee. In a particular case, the second phone call was spoofing the SPC phone number. Police specifies that some scammers pretend to be part of organizations like the GRC or courthouses. Their numbers appear on the receiver phone display.

Frauds ask their victims for their social insurance number and other personal information like birth date, name and address.

Any individual who received this type of call is invited to report it to the SPC by calling 450 698-1331, option 5 or to report it online at https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/report-signalez-fra.html.

Prevention advice

-Never give personal or financial information when receiving a call;

-Verify the authenticity of the demand in any communication;

-Take time to make all the necessary verifications;

-Never take for granted that the phone number displayed is exact. Scammers use software and applications to mislead their victims.

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