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St. George RCMP Warns Residents To Beware Of Telephone Fraud Scam - Jul. 25, 2014

The St. George RCMP is reminding residents of St. George, Blacks Harbour, and surrounding communities, especially VISA credit card customers, to continue to beware of an ongoing telephone fraud scam.

Police have received a number of recent complaints of fraudsters contacting people at home pretending to be a representative of VISA. The fraudsters are telling people that their VISA card has been compromised or that they have discovered suspicious or unusual activity. They often ask for permission to review their VISA statement.

"When the fraudster asks for the VISA number, expiration date, and the three digit security number located on the back of the VISA card, that is a sure sign of a telephone fraud scam," said Sgt. Ross Davis of the West District RCMP. "Calls of this nature are being made to residents in the area and it is important for people to be aware of it."

Residents are advised to never give personal or financial information over the phone. If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately and report the incident to your service provider. Remember, service providers already have this information. They don't ask customers to provide them with sensitive credit card numbers.

If you believe you or a loved one may have been a victim of this type of fraud, please contact your local police. You can also contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or by calling 1-888-495-8501.