KAWARTHA LAKES-Barb Jenkinson received three calls today alone from alleged phone scammers.
Jenkinson lives in Fenelon Falls and says the calls started Monday. It’s an automated call that claims there has been a tax fraud against your name and you are required to call the phone number provided. “Our phone number is not listed in the phone book, so I don’t know how they got it.” Jenkinson told Kawartha 411. She says the exact same automated call has come from three different telephone numbers in the 613 area code.
Kawartha Lakes OPP say the calls probably aren’t really coming for the 613 area code, they usually originate from overseas. “They use caller ID spoofing.” says Const. Jennifer Neamtz, acting Communications Officer with the OPP. “It’s a computer generated number that could actually be a real phone number but not really coming from that phone line.”
Instead of calling the number provided by the scammers Jenkinson called police. “The OPP said there has been a lot of these types of calls in our area and there’s nothing they can do if you haven’t been victimized.”
Neamtz confirmed they have been receiving a lot of calls about this particular scam.
Fortunately no one has fallen victim to this crime yet. Neamtz says. So they don’t have exact numbers with regards to how many people have received the calls.
Jenkinson is not the only one who has been receiving these calls. Her son also received one yesterday. “It’s infuriating, your just want to yell into the phone…leave me alone.” she says. But because it’s an automated call there’s no one on the other end to yell at.
Neamtz says once these scammers get you umber it’s hard to get rid of them and if you fall victim to their tactics they sell your number to other scammers.
Police remind residents to be careful when asked to give any information out over the phone and to call the Canadian Anti Fraud hotline if you receive any calls similar to this.
The Canadian Anti Fraud Centre also lists all active scams going on throughout the country and you can report a fraud on the site as well.
Click here for a link:http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm
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