#CyberFLASH: Police warn of phone scams involving RCMP, Do Not Call List impersonators

image-3Most Canadians should be familiar with calls from companies offering prizes in exchange for information or money. These latest scams take those calls a step further by pretending to be government organizations.

The RCMP released a statement on Wednesday warning Ontarians of fraudulent calls from a group pretending to be the RCMP Integrated Technological Crime Unit. Reported calls have varied, but in one case the operator accused the resident was sending “malicious content” through his or her computer. In another instance, the caller claimed international criminals were hacking into their computer to use it for criminal activity. Individuals were then asked to send money to fix the problem.

The RCMP said it doesn’t contact Canadians to collect fines or taxes, and would never ask for access to a person’s computer.

The CRTC also reported fraudulent calls in a statement made on Tuesday. It said Canadians have been receiving calls allegedly on behalf of the National Do Not Call List. The operator tells the individual their telephone number is about to expire, and asks them for information to re-register.

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