I really hate getting all that junk mail with "gifts" from charities that I have never given my name. I think it's the Canadian Red Cross that sold their donor list. The stickers have my name and address all over them, so normally I would shred that kind of thing before tossing it out, but the sticky labels might gum up the shredder.The recent postings got me thinking as I'm not sure these are real scams.
I donate to various big name (health-related particularly) charities throughout the year(s), increasingly over the years. In return they send me newsletter, Easter seals, knickknacks, etc. reminding me of more donations (obviously). But recently, other charities that I have not donated to (a big well known hospital) or one unknownst to me (refugees center) have been sending me requests for donations. It would seem my name/mailing info have been sold, potentially opening a floodgate now. Obviously, I'm annoyed if this is the case but then those new requests got my name spelled wrong which red-flagged me to thinking these might be scammers. And I'm also now wondering who is a legit or who isn't a legit charity?
That's a good idea. I had not thought of that.I also make sure to call from a different phone than the one that received the message. For example, if the call was received on my cell phone, I'll call back on a work or home phone.
Whenever in doubt about any of this, it is always better to just not talk to them. Even if they say it is the police and you think it might be real, just say "no thanks" and hang up the phone. In fact even if it really is the police, that is also a fine course of action -- you do not have any legal obligation to ever talk to anyone, including the real police, over the phone.To deceive potential victims who examine the numbers on incoming calls, the scammers spoof their calls so that they display the phone numbers of the relevant federal government departments. In many cases, a scammer tells a victim they will be getting a call from a police officer — then spoofs the call that comes in a few minutes later so that it appears to be coming from local police.
The toll taken by the CRA spoofing scam Since 2014 scammers posing as Canada Revenue Agency or immigration officers have defrauded Canadians of millions of dollars. YEAR #REPORTS #VICTIMS $LOSS 2014 1,559 136 302,891 2015 15,647 765 2,404,351 2016 23,920 1,195 3,585,051 2017 12,286 812 3,056,955 2018 22,421 1,490 6,410,213 2019 2,639 297 1,010,407
Stories like this one are why I prefer using a different phone. Or at least waiting a long time to sure be sure the dial tone isn't being spoofed and the call has disconnected.
https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/fraudsters-bilk-5-1m-from-torontonians-in-phone-scam-police-1.3797184Det. Sgt. Ian Nichol says starting in November, victims began coming forward about receiving calls from a retailer telling them they were the target of credit card fraud.
Police say the caller would remain on the line after telling victims to hang up and call 911 or their bank, exploiting a quirk in landline phone technology that allowed the fraudster to redirect the call seconds later to another impostor claiming to be a police detective or a bank fraud investigator.