Phone scam avoidance tips aired after Valleyview area plagued by phony calls

Yesterday, Valleyview RCMP received over 40 reports of scam calls from individuals telling victims that their ‘social security numbers’ were stolen and being used for drug activity in Toronto.

Scam phonecalls are typically push a high-pressure and time-sensitive situation in order to push individuals to send money or banking information to false organizations. Frequent victims are typically older individuals.

Valleyview RCMP aired the following tips to keep oneself safe;

  • If you receive a call from someone claiming your personal information has been compromised, take note of the information from THEM and disconnect from the call.
  • Do not share any personal information with the caller, such as confirm name, social insurance number, address, etc…
  • If you have legitimate concerns regarding your personal information being compromised, find the government agencies’ phone number through a trusted source (official website) and contact the government agency directly.
  • The best protection from scammers is to learn how to resist being pushed into a decision regardless of how persuasive or aggressive the scammer may be.

Valleyview RCMP advises to visit the Anti-Fraud Centre. They can be reached at 1-888-495-8501 during regular business hours.

-Ridley Reiser, Trending 55 Newsroom

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