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RCMP warns public about phone scams requesting a SIN
The Nova Scotia RCMP is warning the public about a number of phone scams being reported in Barrington.
The phone calls involve someone calling from a specific federal agency stating that actions will be taken if they do not speak with a representative. When the individual is connected with someone, the representative asks for a Social Insurance Number (SIN). The calls may come from 1-800 numbers, local numbers or the RCMP toll-free number (1-800-803-7267). The callers of these scams may say that there are issues with the individual’s Social Insurance Number (SIN) or that they will be arrested if their personal information is not provided.
Police are advising anyone who receives a call asking for their Social Insurance Number, or any personal or financial information, to request a name and a call-back number and verify the institution requesting the information.
Anyone who suspects they have been targeted in a phone scam is encouraged to contact their local police, and also the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. For more information about common fraud scams and how to protect yourself, visit he Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s website at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm