Fraudulent CERB Over-payment Calls

Neyaashiinigmiing Police have issued a warning about a new telephone fraud scam:

CERB Over-Payment Fraudulent Calls

There have been recent reports of fraudulent callers, advising people that they have received a Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) over-payment. The caller may immediately ask you to “confirm” your name, as these are random calls and they do not know the identity of who they are calling. The caller will strategically use the victim to self-disclose identifying information.

In these cases the callers may make attempts to immediately retrieve all or partial payment of a fictitious over-payment amount. In some cases the fraudster may offer you a “reduced” payment amount if you respond immediately.

This is a common tactic of fraudsters, to entice you to act immediately through threat of negative consequences or stated benefit.

If you receive any such calls, hang up immediately. Do not provide any personal information. If you have any doubts about the validity of the call, contact a verified Canada Revenue Agency website or phone number.

Vince Wurfel- Supervisor
Neyaashiinigmiing Police

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