Phony cop scam

The Glengarry News - - Front Page -

The Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice Corn­wall de­tach­ment is warn­ing the gen­eral pub­lic of fraud­u­lent tele­phone calls which ap­pear to be com­ing from the RCMP.

The callers im­per­son­ate a po­lice of­fi­cer on the phone and in­form the vic­tims that there is a large amount of money owing on their per­sonal taxes, and that an ar­rest war­rant has been is­sued in their name.

The callers then de­mand that a large amount of money be paid forth­with via money trans­fer.

The fraud­sters are us­ing Caller ID spoof­ing, which the Cana­dian Anti-Fraud Cen­tre de­scribes as dis­guis­ing tele­phone num­bers ap­pear­ing on a caller ID dis­play.

This pop­u­lar tool al­lows scam­mers to dis­guise their calls, as the call will ap­pear to be com­ing from local or fa­mil­iar num­bers to trick peo­ple into an­swer­ing the phone and trust­ing the caller.

The RCMP does not con­tact in­di­vid­u­als via email or tele­phone for the pur­pose of col­lect­ing fines or taxes. If you have re­ceived sim­i­lar tele­phones calls or know of some­one who has, con­tact po­lice and the Cana­dian An­tiFraud Cen­tre at 1-888-495-8501 or at­tifraud­cen­tre-cen­tre­an­­port­in­ci­dent-sig­na­ler­in­ci­dent/in­dex-eng.htm

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