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October 7, 2011

Man Phones Elders, Grabs Credit Card and Banking Info (CANADA)

Inuktitut con artist preying on Baffin elders
October 05, 2011
Man phones elders, grabs credit card, banking info
NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An Inuktitut speaking man is telephoning elders in the Qikiqtaaluk region of Nunavut and attempting to acquire personal credit card and banking information from them, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association said in a news release issued Oct. 5.

“Elder abuse is not acceptable and must not continue. I urge the caller to stop such crime and I urge people in the communities to come forward if they have any information about the person making these calls,” QIA president Okalik Eegeesiak said.
To effect his scam, the man claims the elder will receive a compensation cheque for the 1950s-era dog slaughter.
The man then asks his mark to turn over “personal information” needed to process the payment, such as banking and credit card information.
No dog slaughter compensation program exists in any region of Nunavut.
“If you do receive such a call, it is a scam, do not give out your information,” the QIA said.
The QIA says people who receive such calls should:
• do not give out personal information;
• get as much information as possible from the caller, such as name, address and phone number; and
• notify the RCMP and give them the information.


SOURCE:      The Nunatsiaq News
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