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).
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OPP – Fraud Prevention Resources
Contact: Detective Constable Ted Schendera
OPP Anti-Rackets Branch
Contact:Provincial Constable Brenda Evans
Phone: (905) 584-2241 / (647) 389-8300