Canadians are getting super creepy phone calls telling them to stay home
Ah, spam calls: the only thing that Canadians love to hate on more than July blizzards and Nickelback. Recently, Canadians are reporting receiving an automated phone call telling them to stay home — and it's creeping people out.
The phone call says, "Hello, this is just a test call. Time to stay home. Stay safe and stay home."
At least 10 Canadians have reported receiving the mysterious call.
I just got a weird call — automated message (woman robot voice):— Helen Pike (@helenipike) August 10, 2020
“Hello, this is just a test call. Time to stay home. Stay safe and stay home.” #yyc
Uhhh. Thanks? 😬
Disturbingly, nobody knows exactly where the call is coming from, either — but it doesn't appear to be an official source.
The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) told Freshdaily they were unaware of the automated call, and confirmed that the call was not coming from the CRTC.
Is anyone else getting a few spam calls a day that leave a voicemail that's just a weird automated voice saying "stay safe, stay home"?— Cara (@cpattsays) August 11, 2020
Some Canadians can only assume that the eerie, unsolicited phone call means that the world is about to turn into a full-blown episode of The Walking Dead.
Someone hit the zombie apocalypse button instead of pandemic button.— carolyn dunn (@carolyndunncbc) August 10, 2020
While others are joking that the call would make a convenient excuse to play hooky for the day.
Can this be used as an excuse for not going to work? “...but the robot lady said I should stay home!”— J H (@retired_mind) August 11, 2020
Although it's still unclear where this particular call is coming from, experts have noticed a general uptick in scam calls circulating around Canada during the pandemic.
"Certainly we are seeing some mass reporting on a major telephone fraud campaign that's occurring," said Jeff Thomson, an expert with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, in an interview on the Ryan Jespersen Show.
Thomson says that some of the latest Canadian scam calls come from fraudsters claiming to be with Service Canada or the CRA.
If you receive a scam call, Thomson recommends hanging up the call and then reporting it to the Anti-Fraud Centre.
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