Yesterday Val received a call from a guy with a heavy East Indian accent claiming to be from Immigration Canada. He asked if he was speaking to her by name. (Yes.)
Then he said that they had received a formal complaint about her. Since her passport is presently being renewed, she thought this might be true, but had no idea why.
Then he asked if she had spoken to any foreign government office recently by telephone. (No.)
Then he asked if she or her husband, who's name he knew, were born in Bosnia. (No.)
What he evidently did not know is that her husband had passed away nearly 7 years ago.
At this point I realized she was getting some kind of scam call, so I said to her ask who this guy is.
She then said "Who are you?" To which he replied, "You can hang up now if you want." So she did. Apparently they don't train these jerks to answer any questions.
I checked the number from her cell phone, and it was the National office of the RCMP. Hmmmmm...wonder what this is all about.
I called the number right away and had to leave a message. It was indeed the RCMP.
Then I called the local RCMP office to report the scam call, and the gal there was very helpful. She said there have been a number of these type of calls being made over the past couple of months, mostly claiming to be from Revenue Canada or Immigration. The calls usually end up asking for either your personal information, which presumably will result in identity theft, or money in the case of Revenue Canada. They give you another number to call to arrange to make the "Overdue payment" to Revenue Canada, which of course does not really exist.
They also claim to be a bank, or credit card company (can't remember the others they use) but in all cases they are after money one way or another.
If you get such a call, phone your local RCMP detachment right away. They will give you a number to call to report the scam call to. That number will also give you a website which you can type out a detailed report of the call. The information then gets passed along to the appropriate party, either the police, bank, credit card company and so on.
Today Val received a return call from the RCMP in Ottawa (legitimate this time) and after properly identifying himself, the fellow said "Did you give them any personal information?" No. That's good he said and then proceeded to tell her about several such scams being perpetrated at the moment.
Some of the calls include threats of your arrest if you don't comply, and he said that's NEVER going to happen, so don't fall for it.
He also said it is surprisingly easy for them to route their calls through any number they want. The RCMP are trying to put a stop to this - of course - as he said they are getting dozens of calls every day in this regard.
OK, fess up...which one of you clowns stole my sig? It was right here a second ago.