Fraudulent Telephone Calls Claiming to Represent the Embassy of Canada in Washington
The Embassy has recently received reports of telephone calls being made by individuals claiming to represent the Embassy of Canada seeking financial information to pay for fines and/or penalties owed to the Government of Canada. These calls do not originate from the Embassy of Canada and are intended to fraudulently obtain personal financial information.
The Embassy of Canada in Washington does not send invoices or request payments through phone calls or emails. Emails originating from free services such as Hotmail, Yahoo mail or Gmail, or telephone calls made for the purpose of collecting payment, are strong indicators of a scam.
The Embassy of Canada in Washington reminds Canadians they can help fight this type of fraud and protect themselves by knowing the signs of fraud and taking action.
- Recognize the signs of a scam and immediately report any suspected fraudulent activity to the relevant authorities.
- Be aware of a request that claims to be legal or have government approval – many scammers will tell you this. If you have provided personal details, you could have your identity stolen.
- In general, scammers make their money by persuading you to pay fees or taxes or call their premium rate phone numbers (for which prices higher than normal are charged to you). These premium rate calls can be very expensive, and the scammers will try to keep you on the line for a long time or ask you to call a different premium rate number.
- If you recognize these signs, the request is a scam and should be reported immediately to authorities.
Who to contact
You should immediately report any suspected fraudulent activity to your local police as a first step and to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
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