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North Bay Police Receiving Reports of Scam Calls

September 8, 2022

The North Bay Police Service has received reports of scammers claiming to be bank representatives requesting significant funds from victims.

Be careful when you receive a call, text, e-mail or instant message claiming to be from your bank. The North Bay Police Service has recently received reports that scammers are contacting victims claiming to be representatives of their banking institution investigating potentially fraudulent transactions they claim have occurred on the victim’s account. The scammers request the victims send them a significant sum of money by way of pre-paid gift cards. In three instances, victims were defrauded of several thousand dollars.

Whether you receive a call, text, or e-mail, remember to always:

TAKE 5 – Scammers will try to pressure you into making a decision or purchase with claims of “Limited-time offers,” and “One-time deals.” Separate yourself from the person and take at least five minutes to think about whether or not you are being scammed. If a deal seems “Too good to be true,” it probably is.

TELL 2 – If someone has tried to scam you, tell two people. Education is the best form of prevention and if we tell two friends we can all do our part in preventing frauds.

Also remember never to send money, gift cards, Bitcoin or anything else of value to someone you've never met in-person. If you have a feeling that something is not right, it is best to trust your gut and stop communicating with that person. If someone claims to be a representative from your banking institution, you can always hang up and call your bank independently to verify.

You can learn about the most common scams and how to avoid them by reading the Competition Bureau of Canada’s Little Black Book of Scams.

Scammers can be persuasive and persistent. Being defrauded is never the victim's fault. If you have been defrauded, you are not alone. If you or someone you know has been the victim of this or any other scam, contact the North Bay Police Service at 705-497-5555 or the the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.nearnorthcrimestoppers.com.