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Text Message Scams

Text Message Scams
December 4th, 2017 - Police & the Community

Barrie Police have received several reports of a scam and are warning cell phone consumers to be on the lookout for unsolicited and unwanted text messages. 

The text messaging scam uses deceptive text messages to lure consumers into providing personal or financial information. The scammers have been sending text messages impersonating various cell providers.

In this recent scam, consumers are advise they are being refunded due to an error on their cell phone bill, and to receive a refund they are directed to click on a link. These links often require consumers to provide their PINs, debit/credit card , passwords and other sensitive information. 

Fraudsters continue to target victims in numerous ways; telephone, e-mail, postal mail and door-to-door sales. Protect yourself and be aware of the warning signs!

  • Beware of unsolicited text messages from individuals or organizations prompting you to click on an attachment or link. Do not click on any links.
  • Watch for spelling and formatting errors.
  • Car wrapping/mystery shopper scam: If you receive funds for any reason from an unknown individual or company and you are asked to forward it elsewhere - don't! Chances are you are dealing with a scammer.
  • Be aware of offers of employment from what appears to be a legitimate employer; they will place ads looking for a "Financial Officer." This usually involves collecting payments for the new employer and forwarding the money to a different country.
  • Be mindful where you post your resume; scammers use legitimate websites to seek out victims.
  • A legitimate employer will never send funds and request a portion of it back.
  • Do your research. A simple search on the internet can save you thousands of dollars.
  • Go with your gut. If a text message seems too good to be true, it probably is!

For further Information on scams or to report a scam visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre / Centre antifraude du Canada



* Safety tips courtesy of Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre