Fraudster using identity theft protection to scam victims

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Fraudster using identity theft protection to scam victims

Ministry of Consumer Services

QUEEN'S PARK, Dec. 19 - Ontarians should beware of a new telephone scam that has victims handing over confidential banking information to a fraudster posing as a government official and offering protection against identity theft. The Ontario Consumer Protection Branch has received several complaints about phone calls coming from the fictitious "Consumer Protection Bureau of Canada" that tell people their bank accounts have been compromised. An automated telephone message tells people they may be the victim of identity theft and to press "9" for assistance. A caller then comes on the line to urge victims to provide banking information so their money can be transferred to a "secure" account. This scam is designed to con Ontarians out of their savings and should be reported right away. The Consumer Protection Branch would never ask an individual to transfer money from one account to another and any such call claiming to be from a government or similar agency is clearly a fraud. Ontarians who believe they have been a victim of this or any other fraud including identity theft should call their local police or Phonebusters at 1-888-495-8501. Anyone looking for more information on this or other scams should contact the Ontario Consumer Protection Branch at 1-800-889-9768, or 416-326-8800. Disponible en français www.mgs.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Media contacts: Greg Dennis, Minister's Office, Office: (416) 327-3072, Cell: (647) 281-4403; Ciaran Ganley, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8659 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Media contacts: Greg Dennis, Minister's Office, Office: (416) 327-3072, Cell: (647) 281-4403; Ciaran Ganley, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8659