Fraudster using identity theft protection to scam victims

    QUEEN'S PARK, Dec. 19 /CNW/ - Ontarians should beware of a new telephone
scam that has victims handing over confidential banking information to a
fraudster posing as a government official and offering protection against
identity theft.
    The Ontario Consumer Protection Branch has received several complaints
about phone calls coming from the fictitious "Consumer Protection Bureau of
Canada" that tell people their bank accounts have been compromised.
    An automated telephone message tells people they may be the victim of
identity theft and to press "9" for assistance. A caller then comes on the
line to urge victims to provide banking information so their money can be
transferred to a "secure" account.
    This scam is designed to con Ontarians out of their savings and should be
reported right away. The Consumer Protection Branch would never ask an
individual to transfer money from one account to another and any such call
claiming to be from a government or similar agency is clearly a fraud.
    Ontarians who believe they have been a victim of this or any other fraud
including identity theft should call their local police or Phonebusters at
    Anyone looking for more information on this or other scams should contact
the Ontario Consumer Protection Branch at 1-800-889-9768, or 416-326-8800.

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For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Greg Dennis, Minister's Office,
Office: (416) 327-3072, Cell: (647) 281-4403; Ciaran Ganley, Communications
Branch, (416) 325-8659

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