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Public Safety Alert,
Telephone Scams Using Police Numbers

Broadcast time: 10:20
Thursday, August 27, 2020

Corporate Communications

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of ongoing telephone scams where Toronto Police Service numbers are being spoofed.

There have been several instances over the last few weeks where members of the public have received telephone calls from what appears to be Toronto Police Service numbers.

The caller display shows the number as 416-808 and four subsequent numbers. When the person calls the number back to say they missed a call from this number, it is discovered the initial call was a hoax and was not made by police.

The Toronto Police Service would like to advise the public that calls made by members in Divisions and Units do not display with a number and appear as Unknown Caller or Private Number.

Additionally, service members would leave a voicemail, offer their name, badge number and a call back number for the public to call and confirm specific details.

The Toronto Police Service and other Government agencies will not ask the public to deposit money using Bitcoin machines.

As a reminder to the public, there are numerous fraudulent calls being made where unknown people have the capability to mimic telephone numbers, sometimes called "spoofing" and place outgoing calls.

It is also suggested to never provide details or confirm personal details over the telephone, instead simply follow up with whatever agency is indicated to ensure they are aware of the matter.

If you have been the victim of a fraud or scam always report the matter to your local police. In Toronto, please call 416-808-2222 or online.

Corporate Communications