Toronto Police are warning about a new scam that involves calling 911

May 17 2022, 1:44 pm

The Toronto Police Service is warning people about a new phone scam targeting residents across southern Ontario.

The police say that someone pretending to be a 51 Division officer has been calling people. The scammer impersonating an officer will then tell the victim to call 911 to verify that they are indeed an officer.

Toronto Police said that when the victim calls 911, their call is intercepted by others involved in the scam. The scammers on the other end of the phone will then try to get personal and financial information from the victim.

Luckily, police say they are unaware of anyone being successfully scammed, but they are asking that if anyone has given up their information to one of these calls, to contact them as soon as possible.

Toronto Police Service is telling Ontarians that if they receive a call from someone claiming to be an officer, hang up and look up the contact information for that division. They emphasize that you should ensure your call is disconnected before trying to place another call. Would-be victims can call the division to confirm the identity of the officer calling if it is indeed an actual officer.

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