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9 May 20112Warning - this news article expired on 2012-05-16. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

Belleville, Ontario - Recently members of the City of Belleville have again been targeted by the phone and email scammers. Belleville Police Service would like to remind the public that prevention is the best protection against fraud or identity theft.

There is a never ending string of criminals attempting to gather personal information via email and telephone calls in order to commit frauds.

The callers will portray themselves as representatives of banks, better business bureaus, and large legitimate businesses and ask to confirm some personal details.

Be Aware: Banks, Better Business Bureaus and other companies do not initiate calls to customers to offer free services and confirm personal details.

  • If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. For example, you've won a big prize in a contest you do not remember entering or you're offered a once-in-a-lifetime investment that offers a huge return.
  • Never provide personal information such as SIN, date of birth, credit card numbers or PIN numbers over the telephone unless you initiate the call.

  • Do not feel pressured to remain on the phone or reply to an email of an unknown sender. If you have any uneasy feeling just hang up, delete the email or contact the business at a later time to confirm that you were contacted by a legitimate employee of the company.

Belleville Police Service urges the public to report suspicious incidents to the police as a means of assisting in prevention through community awareness.