York Regional Police issues fraud warning on caller ID, phone number spoofing scams

NEWS

York Regional Police issues fraud warning on caller ID, phone number spoofing scams

Scammers utilize software programs or other technology to alter the caller ID to display false information

Richmond Hill Liberal
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Investigators with the York Regional Police are warning people not to trust the information displayed on caller ID or the phone number displayed for incoming calls.

This warning is prompted after police received numerous reports of fraudulent Amazon calls, with scammers claiming to be from the Newmarket courts or the Crown attorney’s office.

A large number of frauds that occur over the phone involve the use of phone number spoofing. Scammers utilize software programs or other technology to alter the caller ID to display false information, and can make it appear as though a call is coming from any organization or business.

According to police, reported incidents have involved fraudsters identifying themselves as a representative from Amazon after making contacts with victims by telephone.

“The fraudster tells the victim a crime has been committed involving the victim’s identity and transfers them to speak with a Crown attorney. The victim is then told there is an investigation, and personal information from the victim is needed in order to clear up the identity issue with Amazon,” police said.

Neither the Superior Court of Justice nor the Crown attorney’s office make phone calls demanding money or detailed personal information. Any call of this nature should be considered a scam, police said.

Anyone who has been a victim of a fraud and has lost money, can report the incident to police. In incidents where money has not been lost, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

Source:

https://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/10797834-york-regional-police-issues-fraud-warning-on-caller-id-phone-number-spoofing-scams/