Beware of Phony Bank Fraud Investigators
(Innisfil, ON) South Simcoe Police Service officers are renewing a fraud warning after another resident was victimized by a phony bank investigation scam.
An Innisfil resident reported to police about receiving a phone call on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from a man claiming to be an investigator from the victim’s bank. The fake investigator said the victim’s credit card had been compromised and the bank needed the victim’s help to set a trap to catch the culprit. The victim provided their banking information to the suspect. The scammer then instructed the victim to purchase a large number of gift cards and provide the card numbers to the suspect.
After making several purchases, the victim eventually called the bank and the fraud was confirmed. The financial loss was a couple thousand dollars.
Last week, we told you about a Bradford resident being victimized by this scam. Please remember this information if you receive a call, text or email that sounds like these incidents:
-No legitimate company will ask clients to directly assist in fraud investigations of the client’s account.
-Requests for gift cards are a sign of a fraud. Just hang up or delete the email/text.
-Don’t give out personal information. If you didn’t initiate the call or email, you don’t know who you’re talking to.
-Verify that the organization contacting you is legitimate before taking any other action.
-Report these incidents to police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Visit their website for more information https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm.
We thank the victims for coming forward to report these incidents to police. Please share this information with your loved ones, friends and neighbours. Awareness is one of the best ways to prevent this type of crime.
On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to 85 calls for service.
We wish you a safe, enjoyable long weekend!