Public Safety Alert: Online Scams, Be Aware, Be Safe

Posted On Thursday January 07, 2021

Region of Peel – Peel Regional Police would like to make the public aware of mass marketing schemes designed to collect your personal information. 

In these circumstances, they can create a fake company, i.e. ‘Discount Zone/ Bulk Deals,’ or they can appear almost identical to other pre-existing companies in an attempt to defraud an individual.

Investigators have learned of messages being sent to citizens regarding discounts on all utility bills. They claim to be an authorized dealer with a cash voucher for all new clients. Only requesting the individual submit the following details. 

1. Biller Holder Name

2. Bill Account Number

3. Billing Amount 

4. Name of the service provider company

5. Billing Address

6. Date of Birth

7. Email Address

While they claim they are not requesting no “Money in Advance, no Personal information required, No credit or debit card information.” The criminal can use the list of details requested to defraud a person. 

Public education and awareness are vital in preventing the continuation of this type of fraud. Consider these helpful tips:

  • Do your research. Verify the organization or person.  
  • Do not be afraid to say no.
  • Any requests for money should be treated with caution. 
  • Avoid clicking on convenient links; source the service separate and apart from what is provided in an email or message.
  • Do not prepay someone you have never met for services or products through Interac e-transfer or by prepaid gift cards.
  • Do not send currency via Bitcoin ABM at the direction of someone you do not know and trust.

Peel Regional Police is dedicated to protecting individuals and groups in our community. We encourage our community to learn more about these and other trends currently affecting Canadians by visiting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and the Peel Regional Police website.

Anyone with information about a similar incident can call investigators with the Fraud Bureau at (905) 453–2121, ext. 3335. Anonymous information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.

For media inquiries, please contact the on-duty Media Relations Officer at (905) 453-2121, ext. 4027.

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