Halifax Regional Police is notifying the public of a recent phone call where the caller identified themselves as a police officer and requested a donation from a citizen. The caller also asked to increase the amount of the donation when the citizen agreed to make one.
Halifax Regional Police will never make this type of call. If you receive a call from someone representing themselves as a Halifax Regional Police officer and requesting a donation, this is a scam. Do not provide or confirm any personal or financial information and hang up the phone.
What to do if you encounter a scam:
- Be vigilant and don’t provide any money or financial or personal information until you have verified the legitimacy of the person or the organization they claim to represent. To check the legitimacy, contact the organization directly using information from an official website.
- Check the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre for information on current scams.
- Call police at 902.490.5016 if you’ve lost money or your identity has been compromised as a result of a fraud. You can report a scam where you haven’t been a victim to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.