Caller ID Spoofing Scam

Published by Stephanie MacRae

Published on 2020-01-23

Cornwall, ON – The Cornwall Police Service (CPS) is warning residents about a scam commonly referred to as “caller ID spoofing.”

In this scam, fraudsters are pretending to be calling from government agencies such as: Service Canada, the RCMP and other police services, as well as court houses, and are displaying the phone number of these agencies on your caller ID. Consumers who receive this call are asked to provide their SIN and other personal information (DOB, name, address, etc.). Victims who provide their personal information to fraudsters are at risk of identity fraud.

How to protect yourself:

• Don't trust your call display. It may say "Police" or "ABC", but in reality, it is actually a scammer. It does not matter what the caller ID says, you cannot trust it.
• If you get a call from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency seeking personal information, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book or on the company or government agency's website to verify the authenticity of the request.
• Never give out personal information such as account numbers, social insurance number (SIN), mother's maiden name, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls.

If you have been a victim of this scam or other scams and have sent money or provided personal information to someone over the phone, please report the incident to police by calling 613-933-5000 ext. 2418.

If you have received a phone call, but have not sent money or provided personal information, and would like to report the call, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

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