Stratford Police Service
Stratford police are warning residents after receiving two reports of attempted telephone fraud Thursday morning.According to a police press release, both complainants told police a man had called them claiming their Visa cards had been compromised and asked for their card numbers.Wise to the possibility the calls were fraudulent, neither complainant provided their card number, but told police the caller continued to pressure them to do so.“It is important to remember that scammers are constantly changing their tactics and will pressure you in many different ways to try to get you to provide your personal information, or give up your hard-earned money,” said media relations officer Const. Darren Fischer in the press release. “In general, only trust calls that you initiate and never give up your personal information to someone on a phone call that you did not make. The same can be said over email, text message, or any social media platform.”If you are unsure whether the call is fraudulent, Fischer recommends asking the caller if you can call them back.“If it is a scam, the caller will likely try to keep you on the phone. End the call as quickly as possible and call the customer service number listed on your credit card to inquire if the call was legitimate and to inform your credit card company of the incident, after which they will likely monitor the activity on your card as a precaution,” he explained.Residents who have received a call of this nature should report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. Anyone who has lost money as a result of a scam should contact the Stratford Police Service at 519-271-4141.