Detectives from the Fraud Unit want to inform the public about a phone call scam where the fraudster is impersonating a local business.
First reported at the end of February multiple complainants and customers of ‘Rust Check’ have contacted Kingston Police in regards to receiving unsolicited calls from a suspect advising they are representing the company and that the call taker has won a free trip. They continue to state all that is required is the person’s credit card number prior to being awarded the prize.
Rust Check has confirmed they are not currently running any promotions offering free prizes or a trip, and that their staff is not responsible for these calls. Police are recommending not to provide credit card, banking or other personal information from an unsolicited call or from a person or organization that you do not trust or have confirmed to be legitimate.
If you are simply a recipient of a similar phone call you do not need to contact police unless you possess information that could assist in identifying a suspect. If so please contact Detective Kim Siemonsen at 613-549-4660 ext 6154 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on the website at tipsubmit.com . Tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.
If you have not become a victim of fraud where you have lost money, but have been approached in person, online or via phone in relation to a scam, you can relay any information to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at antifraudcentre.ca .
March is Fraud Prevention month and their website contains valuable information on how to both identify and avoid many forms of scams. The Competition Bureau of Canada has also created their “Little Black Book of Scams” which can be viewed or downloaded online.
Release source: Kingston City Police | Image: Google