ICBC warns British Columbians about fraudulent vehicle insurance calls

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - Beginning in late December 2008, some ICBC
customers and members of the public reported receiving telephone calls (both
live and automated) stating that their vehicle insurance had expired and they
needed to renew it by making an immediate credit card payment over the phone.
    These phone calls are not originating from ICBC or Autoplan brokers. If
you receive this type of call, hang up immediately. If you have already
received this type of call and provided your personal information, please
contact your local police.
    Similar calls have been reported in other provinces, and appear to be a
part of a nation-wide telephone scam. Caller IDs indicate the calls are coming
from various parts of the United States including Connecticut, Pennsylvania,
New Jersey, Wyoming and Maryland.
    As with any suspect telephone solicitation, personal or financial
information should never be given to the caller.
    ICBC customers with questions about their Autoplan insurance should
contact their local Autoplan broker.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Mark Jan Vrem, (604) 982-2476

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