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Friday January 18th, 2013

Posted at 3:13pm

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The OPP are warning of a new phone scam that has occurred in Essex County.

Police say that an Essex County resident contacted them after receiving a phone call from an unknown/blocked caller. The gentleman on the phone told the homeowner that he was calling on behalf of ADT Security and that he had won six months of free home security.

The homeowner was then asked if he had a home security system already in place. He was told that if he did, he would have to disable the existing system, in order that the new free system could be installed. When the homeowner refused to identify whether or not he had a security system, the caller became belligerent and hung up.

The homeowner then contacted ADT Security who indicated that they would never ask for personal information over the phone and did not conduct business in that manner.

Police say that they frequently hear complaints from citizens who receive mail or phone calls from off-shore countries and solicitors claiming the homeowner is heir to a significant amount of money provided they give up their personal information. They encourage everyone to throw these types of correspondence in the garbage and to hang up on anyone who randomly calls you asking for your personal information.

Police add that you should never give out banking information, social insurance numbers, driver’s licence numbers or any other information such as whether or not you have a security system, which could potentially leave you vulnerable to financial ruin.

Police say that the age-old advice that if something sounds too good to be true, it is … still applies.

Police ask that if you receive a call or correspondence you feel is suspicious in nature or causes you concern, please contact your local police department immediately, the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-654-9426.

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