DRPS warning public about increase in phone scams

The DRPS is once again warning the public phone scams related to the Canada Revenue Agency and Social Insurance Numbers.

According to police, there has been an increase in calls from residents reporting they have received calls from a person claiming to be an officer from the CRA.

“The scammers are also asking for SIN numbers under the pretense they were compromised,” reads a media release.

“In a new twist, scammers are using our police non-emergency line (905-579-1520) to appear legitimate.”

Police noted that scammers often negotiate payment and suggest a lesser amount, collected by way of a third-party card, gift card, credit card, pre-paid gift card or deposits into a Bitcoin ATM, installed at several locations across Durham Region.

“Police or the CRA will never request payments by prepaid credit cards or leave personal information on an answering machine. It’s important to never give out your SIN number,” the media release notes.

The DRPS offered up the following tips for residents to protect themselves from fraud:

– Caller ID is a useful function, however, the information displayed can be altered by criminals. Don’t rely strictly on the displayed information to confirm the identity of the caller whether it be an individual, a company or a government entity;

– Never provide personal information through the Internet or by email. The CRA does not ask you to provide personal information by email; and,

– Keep your access codes, user ID’s, passwords, and PINs secret.

“These warnings should be discussed with seniors or other vulnerable people who do not have access to this information via the Internet,” the media release concludes.

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