RCMP warning their Windsor detachment phone number has been spoofed and used to defraud victims

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The Windsor detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) O Division is warning the public that their phone number, (519) 948-5287, has been spoofed and is being used unlawfully to intimidate and defraud victims. 

Spoofing is when a scammer uses a device to mask their real phone number and display a different number that does not actually belong to the caller.  

RCMP say thay police will never ask you to make payments using bit coin or gift cards, will not show up to your residence to collect money for a child in jail and will not ask for your personal information such as your Social Insurance Number (SIN), your date of birth (DOB) or phone number.

In Ontario, the RCMP enforces federal laws, including national security, border integrity, transnational, serious and organized crime and financial crimes such as cyber crime, money laundering and counterfeiting.

If you suspect that you are being scammed, hang up, wait ten minutes and call your local police service. 

Scammers have the technology to keep a spoofed phone number for 10 minutes. Police recommend that you wait 10 minutes after hanging up to call your local police.