Police are warning Montrealers about a new phone scam that is aimed at extorting money from citizens.
Fraudsters use the telephone numbers of government services, including police forces, to call potential victims, according to a statement issued by Montreal police on Wednesday.
The warning comes from station nine in the city’s west end, which covers the Côte-Saint-Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West areas.
Police remind citizens to not share personal information during calls in order to prevent fraud.
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“No police or government department will ask you to transfer funds in cryptocurrencies or to purchase cards,” police added.
If you or someone you know is a victim of fraud, file a complaint at your local police station. Police say to call 911 if it’s an emergency.