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RCMP see increase in VISA credit card scams

Vermilion RCMP is warning the public of possible VISA credit card scams and is asking everyone to be careful. 

Police are warning the public of multiple reports of people receiving a voice recording advising the caller that there is “unusual activity detected an a VISA account” with thousand dollar purchases from online retailers. Some recordings have asked callers to “select 1” to be put in contact for customer service while some others have simply dropped without any further interaction. 

Officers say there are many scammers who attempt to utilize phoning or text as a means to gain access to personal information and would like to remind the public of the following: 

  1. Ignore phone calls from international numbers or area codes you are not familiar with. 
  2. If you receive a call saying you have unusual activity from your financial institution, simply hang up and phone them back using the numbers published on their websites if you do not trust the caller. 
  3. Never follow links in texts or emails from unsolicited correspondences. 
  4. When in doubt about financial activity with your bank, visit a local branch in person. 

Anyone who has been a victim of fraud or would like more information on all the different fraudulent scams in Canada can visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at Vermilion RCMP encourages you to report any criminal or suspicious activity at 780-853-4441.

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