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RCMP warns: Don’t fall for SIN scams

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Pictou District RCMP is reminding citizens to be wary of any telephone calls they receive from individuals requesting Social Insurance Number information.
 
RCMP continue to respond to complaints of fraudsters claiming to be government representatives.  These individuals are calling and advising people that their Social Insurance Numbers have been compromised in some way.  The callers then ask for confirmation of the SIN number by phone and sometimes claim the individual requires a new SIN number.
 
These calls have been confirmed to be fraudulent. 

Tips to help reduce the risk of identity theft and other types of fraud include:

  • Don’t give personal information such as a credit card or Social Insurance Number over the phone unless it’s to a trusted person or you initiated the call yourself
  • If someone calls unexpectedly and requests your personal or financial information, try calling the organization they are representing to verify that the request is legitimate. Reputable firms never ask for personal information without significant safeguards  If you receive a suspicious e-mail or telephone call, hang up and report it immediately to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by calling 1-888-495-8501 or online at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerincident/index-eng.htm