July 6, 2020: We've received reports of a new variation of this scam where fraudsters say that your Social Insurance Number (SIN) has been blocked, compromised or suspended. Remain Vigilant.
Fraudsters are pretending to be calling from government agencies such as: Service Canada, the RCMP, or various 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.
- Phone and fax
A scammer, pretending to be from a business, government agency, a bank, or utility company, urgently asks you to verify your personal information. They may request information such as:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your birth date
- Your account information
- Your Social Insurance Number (SIN)
Once you provide this information, the scammer may use it for identity fraud.
Never provide personal information over the phone, online or through email in response to an unsolicited request.
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