Scam promises free trips
Have you received a phone call recently about winning a trip to the Bahamas or some other sunny destination?
Well, be careful, it could be a scam.
Daniel Williams of Canada's Anti-Fraud Centre says there are hundreds of complaints lodged each month about a scam involving vacation companies giving out free trips or offering a discounted package.
"They usually make it seem that it's a prize connected to something reputable, such as Air Miles," explains Williams.
The call ends with the consumer being asked for their credit card number in order to redeem this so-called free trip.
Williams says just yesterday they got a call from someone who had received a phone call from a 202 area code. The call said that he had just won a trip to the Bahamas. Luckily, he thought twice before giving out any of his personal information.
"It's not free if they are asking you for your credit card number," says Williams.
If you are a victim to this type of scam, he says to contact police and the anti-fraud centre at 1-888-495-8501 immediately.