Scam Alerts

Are you a fraud victim?

  • If you’ve sent money or financial information to a suspected fraudster, contact your bank immediately to report the scam.
  • Victims are also advised to report the scam to the North Bay Police Service, or to your local police if you live outside of the City of North Bay and the Municipality of Callander areas.

Were you the target of a scam but did not fall victim?

Help the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by reporting scams if you have been targeted. Based in North Bay and jointly managed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Competition Bureau, and the Ontario Provincial Police, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre is the central agency in Canada that collects information and criminal intelligence on such matters as telemarketing fraud, advance fee fraud, Internet fraud and identification theft complaints. Its primary goal is crime prevention through education and awareness, disruption of criminal activities, dissemination of intelligence, support to law enforcement and strengthening partnerships between the private and public sectors.

Scam initiated through Facebook

19 April 2017 - A local resident was recently scammed after accepting a Facebook Friend request. Read details in media release.

Reader's Digest Scam Alert

Beware of the lotteries, sweepstakes and contests scams, including this "Reader's Digest" scam that lured one local senior. See details in media release of 10 April 2017.

Romance Scams

05 April 2017

The North Bay Police Service is currently investigating a report of a romance scam. Visit our news section for details.

Update: 11 April 2017. Click here to listen to the CBC radio interview with the victim online.

CRA scam

Beware of scammers posing as Canada Revenue Agency employees

Alternative formats and transcript

Canadian taxpayers should be vigilant when they receive, either by telephone, mail, text message or email, a fraudulent communication that claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency requesting personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, or passport number.

Door-to-door sales contracts

23 March 2017- News release: City issues warning about unlicensed business soliciting work locally

Know your rights as they relate to door-to-door sales contracts

In accordance with municipal bylaws, door-to-door salespersons must have a valid licence before conducting business in the City of North Bay. If salespersons arrive at your door to sell you a service or product, immediately ask to see their photo identification and their City of North Bay’s door-to-door sales/service licence. Know your rights before signing a sales contract at your door. Visit Consumer Protection Ontario for more information.

Job scams

Looking for work and posting your resume online? Beware of job scams. Read our news release about a local woman who recently fell victim to a costly scam.

Inheritance letter scam

Did you get a letter in the mail addressed to your name from an "accountant" or a "lawyer" claiming that you may be related to a deceased millionaire with no known relatives to collect a significant inheritance? This is known as the inheritance letter scam and the millionaire does not exist. Fraudsters who send these letters are looking to get your personal and banking information. Don't fall victim.

See example of the fraudulent letter recently sent to a local resident:

Example of an inheritance scam letter

Ongoing scams

There are many known scams, pitches and fraud types with new ones invented every day. We invite residents of North Bay and Callander to visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s website for recent fraudulent activities. An equally useful guide is the Little Black Book of Scams.