The Toronto police strategic partnership unit is warning the public of a credit card “phishing” scam that is active in the city. The Police Services website defines phishing as:
“A technique used to trick people into providing personal, financial, or password data by leading consumers to believe that a request for information is coming from a legitimate source. In reality, it is a malicious attempt to collect consumer information for the purpose of committing fraud.”
Victims are being contacted through emails, phone calls and text messages and are asked to provide their security information. Members of the public are urged to be vigilant when it comes to credit and debit card security.
If you suspect your card has been compromised, contact your credit company immediately. Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact Detective Al Spratt at 416−808−7300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477) or leave a tip on Facebook.