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OPP urging the public to be on alert for phone fraudsters

Phone scams are always changing, OPP advising the public to do their homework before giving out personal information
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The Sault Ste. Marie OPP is reminding the public that there are frauds and scams out there trying to pry you away from your hard-earned money. (File)

The Sault Ste. Marie OPP is reminding the public that there are frauds and scams out there trying to pry you away from your hard-earned money. 

The OPP would like you to be alert and prevent youself from becoming a victim.

Phone scams continuously change as fraudsters attempt new ways to steal your money or identification.

Recently, the Sault Ste. Marie OPP received a complaint from a person who provided personal information to someone over the phone. 

During the conversation, the caller provided a name of a constable allegedly from the Sault Ste. Marie Detachment along with the detachment phone number.

When the victim called the Sault Ste. Marie Detachment and found out that the said constable did not exist, the victim came to the realization that they had provided personal information to a fraudster. 

The OPP want you to do your homework prior to giving any personal information or money to anyone.

If you suspect you may be the victim of fraud or have been tricked into giving personal or financial information, contact your local OPP detachment at 1-888-310-1122 or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

The government of Canada's competition bureau aims to increase your awareness of the many types of fraud that target Canadians and offers some easy steps you can take to protect yourself and avoid falling victim to fraud.

View "The Little Black Book of Scams" online at www.competitionbureau.gc.ca.