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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 throughout the province.
The phone calls involve someone calling from 1-800 numbers, local numbers and the RCMP toll-free number (1-800-803-7267) and saying that there are issues with the individual’s Social Insurance Number (SIN). The caller then says the person will be arrested if their personal information is not provided. The callers of these scams say they are calling from a specific federal agency and request the individual’s name, date of birth and SIN.
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