With Fraud Prevention Month winding down, the OPP are asking people to continue and be wary of potential scam artists who are looking for your personal or banking information. And they can try just about anything to get it.
Police say that 95 per cent of service scams go unreported, but last year hundreds of people contacted the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and those who were victims were hit with losses that totalled almost $150,000.
If you receive calls for people talking about telecommunications, Internet services, finance, medical or energy services, police ask that you be extra careful and verify they are authentic. Scams can also include offers such as extended warranties, insurance, and door-to-door sales.
So the OPP ask that you don’t just hand over your personal or banking information, send money, or allow access to your home or computer. You have worked hard for your money, so don’t throw it away.