SIX NATIONS — SN Police are warning the public of an active fraud campaign to watch out for. According to the alert, police have been receiving numerous reports from community members of suspicious phone calls.
The most current scam involves criminals who are able to “spoof” government and police phone numbers. The criminals will call and ask for money or for confirmation of your personal information as they lead you to believe you are in trouble with a legitimate government agency. The criminals will then say you will be getting a call from your local police.
The next call will lead you to believe you are speaking with the police, but it is the criminals posing.
Many frauds and scams have a number of variations, but the end goal is the same: the suspects want to defraud you of your money. The suspects will sound genuine and may have very convincing information however any calls of this nature should be considered a fraud.
Six Nations Police Services reminds the community;
“Criminals are opportunists. Don’t give them the opportunity to make you a victim of crime. They can be very persuasive, using all types of excuses, explanations and offers, to lead you away from using your common sense, or instilling some sort of fear in you if you fail to respond.
Six Nations Police would like to remind the public to never give out personal or financial information over the phone, at your door, or online unless you are certain of whom you are providing it to. Be suspicious of any situation where someone is looking for money or personal information.
Should anyone get a call supposedly from Police, they should hang up and call Six Nations Police themselves. Officers can confirm, in person if necessary, whether Police are involved or not.
Fraud is a serious criminal offence. If you are a victim of a fraud, you are urged to contact Police immediately to report the incident. Your information may help protect others from becoming a victim.”