SIN number scam

Police in Canada are warning about new phone scam targeting SIN numbers

Police are now warning Canadians to watch out for a social insurance number scam.

The Winnipeg Police Department first reported the scam six days ago; officers said that Canadians were receiving phone calls stating that their social insurance numbers have been compromised — before being asked to confirm their SIN number.

Now, it seems that the scam is spreading.

The Victoria Police are reminding Canadians that a professional tone doesn't make something trustworthy.

And the North Bay police department in Ontario have put out a similar warning.

The phone scam has even reached New Brunswick.

Police are reminding Canadians to never give out personal information on the phone. The Canada Revenue Agency already has your social insurance number, and police will never solicit personal information over the phone.

Lead photo by

Erik McLean


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