Social Insurance Number Scam

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Social Insurance Number Scam: How It Works

Beware of a new Social Insurance Number scam going around nationwide. It comes as one of the many Service Canada scam calls done by crooks saying that your Social Insurance Number has been suspended. Later on, in this article, we have an audio recording of a crook who happened to call our number at Scam Detector.

Anyway, you can rest assured that these criminals are not from the Government of Canada. Let’s dive in.

The phone rings. You respond. An automated system something like this:

“Hello, this call is from the Government of Canada. We have got an order to suspend your Social Insurance Number on an immediate basis because your social has been found suspicious for some illegal and criminal activity. It is time-sensitive and urgent to hear back from you before we proceed with the suspension of your Social Insurance Number or assets. Please press 1 to speak with our officer, thank you”.

Listen to the audio file below to hear a scammer who called our number:


The phone number used was (877) 430-2860, but don’t get fooled; criminals change these numbers very often, as soon as one has been reported.

So, how does the Social Insurance Number scam works? Let’s see.

Intimidated by the message and scared by their Social Insurance Number suspension, many people press the key 1 – as requested. What happens if you do? A real person – the scammer – takes over. He speaks perfectly, in official terms. After a quick introduction, he proceeds to ask for all your personal information to prove your identity. As you can expect, this info will be used for identity theft.


Social Insurance Number Call: How To Avoid

This scam has been perpetrated forever and is similar to other Social Security scams that typically go around in both Canada and the United States. Besides the SIN Call scam, be careful of variations such as the Social Security Administration Visit, the Social Security Payments Delayed and the Social Security Benefits Status. All these are mostly happening in the U.S., but rest assured the format is the same.

Watch the video below to see the Top 4 Social Security scams:


Social Insurance Scam Call: How To Report

Let your family and friends know about the Social Insurance Number Scam by sharing this article on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers and any other suspicious SIN-related activity to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre using the link below:

Report To The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Here

You can also call (888) 495-8501.

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5 thoughts on “Social Insurance Number Scam”

  1. Just had a call saying that there has been suspicious activity related to my number the call was from 07763154610 referring to north wales ???

  2. I’ve gotten 2 calls this week. They are using local number area codes with different numbers, in this instance 902 area code. They’re not even saying who is calling just that my ‘SIN number had suspicious activity and it will be suspended’, ‘press 1 to talk to a representative’.

  3. They just used my cell phone number to call someone who lives in my community. This happened about 1/2 hour after my husband spoke to a SIN scammer on our land line. I would never have known about the use of my number except for the irate call I received from the intended victim. Grrrr …

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