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Stay cautious of continued telephone phishing scams

September 14, 2018

Cape Breton Regional Police continue to receive complaints of telephone scams where individuals claim to work for government agencies or law enforcement; most recently, variations of this scam in the CBRM are alleging they represent immigration officials or credit card companies, targeting both seniors and new Canadians.  

In most cases, callers demand money or items of monetary value, like pre-paid credit cards or retail purchase cards,  and further intimidate citizens by making aggressive threats, which scare people into paying money to those pretending to be representing government organizations. These individuals have also been known to e-mail citizens, asking them to verify their identity by entering personal information.  Please be extremely cautious of these phishing scams which can result in financial and identity theft.  

Government organizations, like Immigration Canada, and financial institutions do not conduct business in this manner. If you doubt the authenticity of a call, hang up immediately and phone the organization back directly to verify. Fraudulent activity should then be reported to police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.