Halton Police Warn Again of Spoofing of Their Non-Emergency Phone Number
Halton police are warning residents of spoofing as fraudulent calls are being made from their non-emergency telephone number.
Roughly one incident has taken place in the last week.
The caller purported to be ‘police,’ saying a relative had been arrested and money needed to be paid so the relative could be released from custody.
The person receiving the call was then requested to deposit funds into a Bitcoin ATM.
Referred to as spoofing, a caller on Canadian telephone systems can easily make a call appear from any number. Fraudsters will do this in order to hide the true origin of the call, say investigators.
"Any and all personal information on file with our service is secure, and the protection of this information remains our highest priority."
The regional fraud unit is investigating.
In the meantime, don't provide information to anyone contacting you from 905-825-4777, say police.