Heads Up! Another Scam Is Targeting Older Adults In Sudbury
Greater Sudbury Utilities has received several reports of a new Fraud scheme targeting older adults in the area.
Customers report receiving phone calls over the weekend from a person claiming to work for the Ontario government and promising rebates for Ontarians over 75 years of age. The caller then asks for account information and passwords and arranges appointment times for a visit to the customer’s home.
"We urge all customers to be alert for fraudulent phone calls,” said Wendy Watson, Director of Communications. “Do not give your information out over the phone. Call the local number on your utility bill and ask about any offers to confirm they are legitimate.”
“Protect yourself, your information and your finances,” said Watson. “Do not allow people into your home unless you have initiated the contact and you are expecting them. If something sounds to good to be true, check with your service provider and find out the rea facts. You need to make sure you’re talking to the right people…not the fraudsters.”
Anyone who thinks they may have been the victim of an attempted fraud should report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre 1-888-495-8501 or visit their website at https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca
If you have an older relative, friend, or neighbour who you think might be vulnerable to fraud attempts, please make sure they are aware of this scam scheme.