Phone scam displays 911 number to potential targets, OPS says

OTTAWA — Phone fraudsters are displaying Ottawa Police Service (OPS) phone numbers in a scamp to get your money.

“The OPS Fraud Unit is advising the community of recent scams involving phone numbers similar to the Ottawa Police Service, including 9-1-1 and our main phone number, 613-236-1222,” the OPS released in a statement yesterday (Sept. 25). “In one case, a fraudster claimed to be a police officer with Service Canada and told the victim that their Social Insurance Number (SIN) had been used in a scam. Money was then requested from the victim to assist with an investigation.”

In a second case, the fraudster called a victim and said he was from the Canada Revenue Agency. During one of the calls, 911 actually on the phone screen display. The fraudster claimed an outstanding tax balance that should be paid with Google Play Cards.

“It should be noted the actual Ottawa Police phone number (613-236-1222) will not show up on your call display when you are receiving a legitimate call from the Ottawa Police,” the OPS said. “Anyone who receives unsolicited calls or e-mails from someone requesting money or personal information should first verify directly with the agency in question, before responding.”

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