Don’t fall for the new tag val scam

Do not click on the link say police, MTO does not send text messages or emails to the public

The OPP says people are getting text messages and emails notifying them of the Ministry of Transportation’s validation permit refund.

It asks you to click on a link to request your refund.

Since the announcement of the license plate refund, some residents have received a phishing scam text message with the fake link to get their $60 refund. The link appears as if it is legitimate since “ServiceOntario” appears in the text.

Do not click on the say police link, MTO does not send text messages or emails to the public.

ServiceOntario will not contact anyone to provide a link to the refund. To check if you are eligible for a refund, visit the Service Ontario website at: www.ontario.ca. Checks should be mailed out at the end of March and through April.

“Never give out personal, credit, or banking information to anyone by phone, letter, email, fax, or any other means of communication. Never give your Social Insurance Number over the phone to anyone,” police said.

“Any legitimate agency will never ask for payment by Interac e-transfer, online currency such as bitcoin, prepaid credit cards or prepaid gift cards such as Google Play, iTunes, Vanilla, etc. The scammers will ask to buy gifts from high value cards as a method of payment.

Members of the Temiskaming Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to inform the public that March is Fraud Prevention Month. The OPP would like to remind everyone that you should do your homework before giving out personal information, money, or sending prepaid iTunes cards to anyone. Here are some recent scams reported in the Temiskaming area; however, we must remember that new ones are created every day.

Cryptocurrency scam

This scam involves sending money through a cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies are unregulated in Canada and operate independently of banks.

While a significant number of businesses accept the wide range of cryptocurrencies available, there is no fraud protection when using them as a payment method.

How to protect yourself:

  • Beware of requests requiring transfer of funds using Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency
  • Beware of cryptocurrency investment offers
  • Keep in mind that government agencies will never request payment in the form of cryptocurrencies
  • Do not send funds or deposit to a bitcoin wallet through a bitcoin ATM

Love scam

Criminals search for potential victims online, usually singles or recently singles. Usually, this form of mass marketing fraud happens through singles dating and dating websites, social media platforms, or email sends. In some cases, prolonged interaction with individuals cost some victims tens of thousands of dollars before the so-called “relationship” ended, usually without ever meeting in person. Although 95% of all types of fraud go unreported, romance scams cause victims severe financial hardship and personal embarrassment, which prevents them from deciding whether to report the crime.

Tips for avoiding falling victim to a romance or dating scam include:

  • Do not give out any personal information in an email or when chatting online. Find out. Check the name of the person, the name of the company and the addresses used
  • Ask yourself – ‘Would someone I’ve never met truly declare their love for me after just a few letters or emails?’ If the answer is no, report it to the police
  • Never send money or give your personal credit card or online account details to anyone you don’t know or trust. A request to send money to a foreign country to someone you have never met personally should be a red flag
  • Check website addresses carefully. Scammers often create fake websites with addresses very similar to legitimate dating websites

LEARN MORE

If you suspect you may be the victim of fraud or have been tricked into providing personal or financial information, contact your local OPP detachment at 1-888-310-1122, Anti-Fraud Canada at 1-888-495-8501 or visit their website at: www.centreantifraud.ca.