Fraudsters active— police

Fraudsters active— police

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#1 Jan 30, 2013
Fraudsters active— police
Halton Regional Police Service is cautioning the public about fraud after a recent surge in the number of occurrences.
Emergency and Internet scams are two types police want to highlight.
In emergency scams, usually the target is a senior who receives a call from someone saying he/she is their grandchild in distress. The caller elicits pertinent personal information from the senior and says they have been involved in a car accident or require money for bail and ask the senior to wire them money through a money transfer company.
Malicious software is an Internet scam where the victim receives a call from someone who identifies himself as a representative of a software company. The caller will attempt to have their software installed on their computer so access can be gained to files, personal banking records and passwords.
Phishing— another internet scam- involves getting the victim to hand over personal and banking details. The email sent appears authentic, however, police say genuine government organizations and financial institutions never expect people to send personal information in such a format.
Police say being aware of the types of fraud is the best defense to avoid being victimized and everyone is encouraged to visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at www.antifraudcentre.ca and/or the Competition Bureau’s Information Centre at www.competitionbureau.gc.ca
Additional tips to avoiding online frauds and scams can be found at www.haltonpolice.ca under the Criminal Investigation -’Fraud’ tab.

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