Hamilton Police seeing spike in fraudsters and scammers

Published July 30, 2020 at 6:22 pm

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The Hamilton Police Service (HPS) fraud unit says it’s been receiving daily reports or complaints about on-line frauds since the reopening of the province.

The Hamilton Police Service (HPS) fraud unit says it’s been receiving daily reports or complaints about on-line frauds since the reopening of the province.

“Scams include the victim receiving a call from a fraudster pretending to be a government official, usually the CRA or Service Canada,” said HPS.

“The fraudster will pressure victims into transferring money to them under fear of arrest or having bank accounts frozen. The fraudster will also ask for personal identification information.”

According to police, a recorded call will come to your phone directing you to call back immediately, or press 1 to avoid prosecution.

“Don’t call back and don’t press ‘1’”, said police.

Official administrative centers will never contact people via text. They will also never ask for gift cards or digital currency.

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