**** Bridgewater Police Release
Bridgewater Police Service is warning the public about a text scam.
How it works:
An individual gets a text from a Canadian number. The text states “Hello, your express delivery package is waiting for you to set delivery preferences,” followed by a link. This is a common practice for major courier companies.
Once you open the link, it opens a webpage that appears to be legitimate. It tells you your tracking information with a history. (The webpage is a portal and not an actual website). The package history states that your package is on hold and is awaiting a shipping fee. There is a note near the bottom that says “Your order will be cancelled if you do not choose your delivery within 24 hours.” The website then asks you for your personal details and credit card information
Police are advising anyone who receives a text asking for their Social Insurance Number, or any personal or financial information, call and verify directly with 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