Recent telephone scam reports

The Greater Sudbury Police Service reminds everyone that numerous tactics are used in Scams and Frauds every day, making it practically impossible to address them all individually.

Everyone must remain vigilant to protect themselves from fraud – no one is immune. Anyone caring for a senior citizen or other vulnerable adults is encouraged to make them aware of the consequences of being targeted.

Recent calls to the Sudbury Police Communications Center indicate that fraudsters are at it again, this time claiming to be the Canada Revenue Agency.

The caller indicates that the resident is going to be arrested and the police are en route to their residence.

To help you identify possible scams, use the following guidelines:

The Canada Revenue Agency:

never requests prepaid credit cards or money transfers;

never asks for information about your passport, health card, or driver’s license;

never leaves personal information on your answering machine or asks you to leave a message containing your personal information on an answering machine.

Preventative tips:

• Do not hesitate to tell someone over the phone that you will follow up by calling the agency / company yourself to confirm what you are being told – if they try to keep you on the line, you should quickly hang up.

  • Legitimate service providers and government agencies do not threaten their customers into sending money by way of money transfers.

• Do not provide personal information unless you are the one that initiated the call – no exceptions.

If you have been victimized or someone has made you feel intimidated, contact the police service at 705-675-9171.

For further information, please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center website at www.antifraudcentre.ca or call 1-888-495-8501.

Recognize It. Report It. Stop It.