Twillingate RCMP is warning the public of a phishing scam following a report received from an elderly resident on October 14, 2021. Officers warn the public to be protective over their personal and sensitive information.
The scammers called from a local number display and claimed to be an Eastlink employee. The scammer informed the victim that they were eligible for a special Covid-19 rebate on their services once they provided their social insurance number (SIN), driver's licence, name and date of birth. Police confirmed that this was not an actual employee of the company and there was no such rebate.
Phishing scams like this can be very convincing.
If you receive a call requesting your personal information such as your SIN, please verify the organization and request a call-back number. Legitimate organizations will never threaten you or ask you for sensitive information like your SIN over the phone.
If you think you have been the victim of a scam please contact your nearest RCMP detachment and speak with an officer or contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 888-495-8501, or http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm