Ontario Provincial Police News Portal [KENORA] BE AWARE OF TELEPHONE FRAUD 2015-12-18

(KENORA, ON) – Members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind residents to be aware of frauds and scams at Christmas and all year round. Some tips to protect you from being a victim of fraud are:
• Do not give money in order to collect a prize.
• Do not give out personal information, i.e. banking information or Social Insurance Number.
• If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
• Be cautious if the caller asks for cash or money order rather than a cheque or credit card.
• Do not get caught up in time constraints. If the caller tells you the offer is time sensitive and pressures you to make a decision, it is probably not a legitimate deal.
• If you receive a call for a charity, ask for and check the charity’s registration number online or call the Canada Revenue Agency toll free at 1-800-495 8501. Also, be aware of anyone who thanks you for a pledge you haven’t made.
• If you receive any e-mails falsely claiming to be from an established legitimate organization such as a financial institution, business or government agency. The e-mail may request or direct the consumer to visit a certain website to update or provide personal and/or financial information and passwords. It is really a malicious attempt to collect customer information for the purpose of committing frauds. Do not allow anyone to access your computer unless YOU contacted the company.
If you suspect you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, contact the Kenora OPP or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca
Provincial Constable Laurie Harkof
Community Services Officer / Media Relations
Phone: (807) 548 – 5534 ext. 3753
Fax: (807) 548 – 8381
Email: laurie.harkof@opp.ca