The Peterborough Police Service is warning residents that ‘phone spoofing’ is still occurring regularly in our community.
‘Phone spoofing’ is a scam where fraudsters use software that disguises their real identity by displaying a fake and often local telephone number on the caller ID. Scammers are using legitimate phone numbers from organizations including the Canada Revenue Agency, banks and even the non-emergency line of police services.
Remember, if you didn’t initiate the call you don’t know who you are talking to. Always be cautious of any unsolicited phone call where the caller is asking you for personal information including the following:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your birthdate
- Your Social Insurance Number (SIN)
- Your credit card or banking information
Always stop, pause and think. Hang up, call your bank, a family member or a trusted friend before disclosing any personal information or making a payment over the phone, through email or text.
For more information on how to protect yourself from frauds and scams please visit the websites of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/protect-protegez-eng.htm and the Government of Canada https://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/04333.html
If you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or online at https://www.peterboroughpolice.com/report/a-crime/ or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online at https://antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/report-signalez-eng.htm