Bolton Regional Councillor News Flash

Beware of Fraud Scam


FRAUDSTERS USE PROPERTY ASSESSMENT AGENCY TO ‘PHISH’ FOR VICTIMS
Responding to bogus claims could create victims of identity theft

(ORILLIA, ON) – Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is warning residents to be wary of callers claiming to represent a service provider agency of the Government of Ontario and to always safeguard their personal information.

In recent weeks, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) has become aware that a person or persons is placing phone calls to property owners claiming to represent MPAC and asking for personal information. MPAC has reported these incidents to the OPP.

MPAC does not make calls to collect personal information. If you receive a phone call from anyone claiming to represent MPAC and requesting personal information, please do not provide it. If you have any questions or receive such calls, please call MPAC’s Customer Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-635-6722.

Alternatively, if you suspect you or someone you know has been affected by this scam, contact your local police service or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

FRAUD…Recognize it…Report it…Stop it.

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LEARN MORE

Tips to avoid Identity Theft

OPP – Fraud Prevention Resources

Contact: Detective Constable Ted Schendera
OPP Anti-Rackets Branch
Phone: 705-329-6437

Contact:​Provincial Constable Brenda Evans
CSO/Media Officer
​Caledon OPP
Phone: ​(905) 584-2241 / (647) 389-8300

About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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