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June 24, 2020 - SIN Scam

June 24, 2020

The Brandon Police Service is warning about another scam making the rounds; this one involving social insurance numbers.

The caller advises that your social insurance card has been compromised and requests information such as date of birth, postal code and social insurance number.

The caller, claiming to be with the Canada Revenue Agency or Service Canada and may threaten arrests or court action, if they do not get the information requested.

The Brandon Police Service is reminding residents that the calls are a scam. We are warning the public to never provide personal information to anyone who calls you unexpectedly, just hang up the phone.  Never call any numbers provided by a suspicious caller, nor provide any payments to callers (especially if they require payment in things like pre-paid credit cards, or gift cards).

While a number on a caller ID display may look official, we want to remind people that caller IDs can be masked, and made to look like the call is coming from an official number.

We are not able to stop the calls from being made. The public does not need to call police for any attempted fraud but should contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

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Anyone with information on any unsolved crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 727-8477. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display. Your call will not be recorded or traced. Crime Stoppers pays up to $2000.00 cash for information that leads to the solution of a crime.

CRIME STOPPERS 727-TIPS

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S/Sgt. M. Alain #63

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