The Prince Edward County OPP is warning citizens about the dangers of telephone frauds and reminding them of what to do when they get into a situation with a fraudster.
These fraudsters will call their victims, predominately seniors and swindle them into providing personal information or having the person transfer large amounts of money to an unspecified account.
Usually, the caller will insist they are with Revenue Canada and tell you that you owe money, or pretend to be a bank calling to verify personal information to update accounts, or the caller will state there is a family member in need of money and advise you to use an outside agency to transfer funds.
Do not provide confidential personal information, especially banking or credit card details over the phone. If you have doubts about a caller, your best defense is to simply hang up. It’s not rude – it’s smart.
If you’re in doubt, it’s wise to ask the advice of a close friend or relative, or even your banker in person. Rely on people you can trust. Remember, you can Stop Phone Fraud – Just Hang Up.