The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) asks the population to be alert to telephone banking fraud. This week eight cases were reported to the police at the MRCs of Maskinongé, in Yamachiche and Louiseville, and in D’Autray, in Lanaudière.
Some people have reported receiving calls from scammers posing as representatives of a financial institution. They asked them to hand over their bank cards with the personal identification number (PIN), which they did. Scammers often use convincing strategies.
The amounts taken from their cards amounted to several thousand dollars.indicated the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), in a press release.
Some tips from the SQ
- Be careful if you receive a call or email from a family member who needs help (e.g. grandchild, niece), confirm the situation by talking to other family members. You could be in the presence of a scammer.
- Do not provide any personal or banking information over the phone.
- You are asked to hand over your cards and PIN in an envelope; Whatever the reason, reject.
Three arrests in connection with possible fraud
Additionally, the SQ claims to have arrested three people suspected of possible fraud in Louiseville. On Thursday, a 17-year-old woman from Laval was arrested
for false bank representative fraud.
Police also arrested two people on Friday. A 30-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman from Montreal were arrested after going to a gas station in Saint-Barthélemy.
It was thanks to the vigilance of the employees of a banking establishment and the merchants that the police were able to make these arrests.
The 27-year-old woman.
He was wanted for a break and enter committed at the Montcalm MRC.in Lanaudière.