Service Canada Scam Calls: How They Work
Many Service Canada scam calls are targeting consumers across the country these days. Most of them are automated messages from criminals claiming to be from the Government. These phone scams inform you that your Social Insurance Number (SIN) is suspended or your name has been reported. Let’s take a look at the fraud dynamics and see how these Service Canada scam calls sound like. Here is a scenario:
The phone rings. You pick up. An automated audio system goes like this:
“Hello, this call is from Service Canada. We have an order to suspend your Social Insurance Number immediately as your social has been found suspicious for illegal and criminal activity. This is a time-sensitive matter. It is urgent to hear back from you before we proceed with the suspension of your Social Insurance Number. Press 1 to speak with our Service Canada officer now”.
Please listen to the audio document below to hear a criminal who called our Scam Detector number:
Criminals change the phone numbers they are using almost every day. It happens as soon as they are exposed. If you have experienced any of these Service Canada scam calls feel free to post the phone number in the comment section
So, how does the Service Canada scam works? Let’s take an in-depth look.
Service Canada Scam Exposed
First, the criminals use Caller ID spoofing technology so that the smartphone shows “Service Canada” on its display. Consumers get intimidated easily. Scared by the fact that their SIN (Social Insurance Number) might be suspended, many Canadians press key 1 – as requested by the caller. The question is, what happens if you do?
In that case, a real person – the crook – takes over the conversation. He uses official terms. After an introduction of some sort, he proceeds to require your personal information, “just to prove your identity”. As you can imagine, they will use this info for identity theft. You might be smart, but there are a lot of people who fall for these Service Canada scam calls.
How To Avoid The Service Canada Scam Calls
This scam has been going around for a long time. It is similar to other Social Insurance Number scams that happen across the country. Don’t get scared. Hung up the phone and report the call. It is very easy to do that, see below.
Meanwhile, beware of a similar Canada Border Services scam call.
Phone scams are very prevalent these days, so here is what to do:
Service Canada Scam: How To Report
Please let your family and online friends know about these Service Canada scam calls. You could share this article on social media using the buttons provided. Alternatively, you could also officially report the criminals and any other suspicious activity to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) using the links below:
You can also call (888) 495-8501.
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