Social Insurance Number Scam
Social Insurance Number Scam: How It Works
Beware of a new Social Insurance Number scam going around nationwide in Canada. It comes as a phone call from someone claiming to be from the government and 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:
You can also call (888) 495-8501.
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