New Telephone Scam Surfaces in Ontario

A new telephone scam has been reported in Ontario.

Frontenac OPP say the scheme involves the victim receiving a phone call from someone posing as a retailer and alerting them that their credit card account has been compromised.

The victim is then told to call 911, as well as their financial institution, to report the fraud but when they hang up, the person is unaware the call is not disconnected.

Police said the victims are then led to believe they make an outgoing call and are speaking to authorities but in fact the original call was never disconnected.

Victims are then told to go to their banking institution to transfer funds into a different account which is supposedly intended to safeguard their funds.

Police are reminding everyone never to give out personal financial details or information over the phone and when it doubt, just hang up.