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Border Service and Canada Revenue scams rampant over the holiday period say police

There are so many types out there but the better educated the public is, the less chance they have to fall victim to these ruthless scammers. Don’t keep it a secret

OPP are warning of trending frauds and scams being used to defraud the public and businesses.  

“If you receive any unsolicited communication by any means asking for money to be given or that you won money, be cautious and suspicious,” cautions Constable Phil Young. “Never give out any personal, credit or banking information to anyone over the phone, by letter, email, fax or any other means of communication. Never provide anyone with your Social Insurance Number (SIN) over the phone.”

Often, the victims are presented with a situation that is either very serious or needs immediate attention and they feel pressured to provide the information requested on the spot. This is a tactic frequently used in the scams.

Here are just a few current examples:

  • Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Scam – The CBSA is warning the public about ongoing email, text messages or telephone scams in which people posing as officials from the CBSA are asking for personal information, including SIN. The methods used by the scammers to communicate with the public, and the rationale provided to justify being in contact with the victim, are varied, ever-changing, but always designed to lure the public into providing personal information. In some cases, these scams use false CBSA information. Telephone calls may display…

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