Another phone scam is hitting the Valley. (File photo)

Another phone scam hits Cowichan Valley

Phones most popular tool of fraudsters

Yet another telephone scam has hit the Valley.

Theresa Graham said she received a recorded message from a number in Ontario claiming to be from Service Canada, a government agency that provides people with access to a wide range of federal services and benefits.

The message informed her that her social insurance number had been compromised.

The caller said Graham’s SIN number has been suspended as a result, and she could face criminal charges if she didn’t call the number provided and discuss her situation with officials from Service Canada.

RELATED STORY: PHONE SCAM HITS THE VALLEY

“I know that federal authorities would never call you on the phone for such things, and figured this was a scam,” Graham said.

“I called the police and reported it. I don’t have a strong heart and I’ve been shaking ever since I received the message. I just don’t know how these people are allowed to continue to get away with these kinds of scams.”

The Citizen called the number that Graham provided (1-249-493-3002) and a man with a foreign accent answered.

When asked if the number was for Service Canada, the man said yes after hesitating and taking a few seconds to answer, and he hung up when asked what office he was calling from.

A second call to the number was picked up by an answering machine which said the Citizen’s call had been rejected.

RELATED STORY: DUNCAN MAN WARNS OF ESCALATING PHONE SCAM

Statistics indicate that even in this age of computers, the telephone remains the scammers’ weapon of choice.

The Federal Trade Commission’s website said the commission received more than 1.1 million fraud complaints in 2019, and 74 per cent of the time, a telephone was the most common tool for the swindlers.

The FTC warns people that real law enforcement and federal agencies won’t ever call on the phone and threaten you, and people should not respond to them if they do.

Anyone looking for more information about questionable phone calls and emails should visit the Canada Fraud Centre website.



robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

fraud

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Campbell River Storm says make some noise for healthcare workers

Car horns, pots and pans, applause and yelling all encouraged

COVID-19: Isolation exemptions to frontline workers a danger to patients, say Island Health employees

Staff exempt from self-isolation upon return from international travel according to Island Health

Campbell River Hospital Foundation sends love to healthcare workers

Hospital Foundation will forward messages to staff

B.C. veterinarians want to smooth the fur of COVID-19-worried pet owners

Vets expect to continue giving your fur buddies the help they need while social distancing

B.C. VIEWS: Small businesses need our help

Just as integral in neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Surrey as they are in Prince George or Kelowna

‘Tremendous’ response from blood donors has supply keeping pace with demand

About 400,000 of Canada’s 37 million residents give blood on a regular basis

Morning world update: Cases surge past 600,000; positive news in Germany

Spain suffers its deadliest day as Germany considers April 20 to possibly loosen restrictions

VIDEO: Penguins roam empty halls of Vancouver Aquarium

COVID-19 has forced the Vancouver Aquarium to close access to guests – leaving room for its residents

COVID-19: Qualicum Beach youngster gets car parade for his sixth birthday

Friends get creative after party cancelled due to ongoing pandemic

Kids get back to learning in B.C., online

Ministry of Education rolls out new tool for school

Most Read