Stratford Police Service
Stratford police received multiple complaints Friday about attempted carbon tax rebate phone scams so are warning city residents to be wary.Police said people are being called and offered help obtaining the new carbon tax rebate. The callers have then been trying to convince people to provide personal information or set up an appointment for a later date, police said.Stratford Const. Darren Fischer said St. Thomas police issued a similar warning just over a week ago.“It looks like it’s been going on elsewhere as well, but today’s the first day that we’ve been getting any calls about it,” he said.Fischer said at least seven complaints were recorded as of Friday afternoon.“And not everyone calls,” he said.If called, Stratford police recommend residents hang up and report the incident to the national anti-fraud centre at 1-888-495-8501. Losses can be reported to police at 519-271-4141.Police remind residents to never give out personal information over the phone, especially bank account, credit card, and social insurance numbers.