Kamloops RCMP is advising the public to be wary of people phoning and asking for personal information after receiving more than five complaints regarding a phone scam.
The scammers have been calling from an Ontario phone number, one that shows Brantford in the call display. The number that shows is 1-226-400-4289.
The scammers say they are calling from Service Canada and that the individual’s Social Insurance Number has been compromised. They ask for the individual to confirm the last three digits of their SIN. The scammers then go on to read an “affidavit,” stating there are charges against the person.
There are variations of the phone call. One person was given an officer’s name and badge number when it was requested. Another person was told there was an abandoned vehicle located in Regina with their SIN number in it and that the vehicle had been involved in a serious crime.
Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said people should never give personal information over the phone.
“If you received a phone call asking for personal information, hang up,” she said.
Scams can be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or by calling 1-888-495-8501. If you have been the victim of a fraud, contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.