The HRP/RCMP Integrated Financial Crime Unit is investigating several complaints of scams targeting international students.
The first scam targets students from China who are contacted and asked about their computer. A few months later they received another call and advised they had won money from a computer company and are directed to send money to claim their prize. In two cases, people sent money but did not receive their winnings.
The other scam is focused on obtaining an individual’s identification. International Students are contacted by phone and offered free long distance calling. In order to obtain this service they are required to provide their personal information.
Citizens are reminded never to provide any personal information unless you have generated the contact yourself or you know whom you are speaking with. Any time you are contacted, whether by phone or in person, and are offered a service or deal, make sure you check to ensure the person or company is legitimate. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.