Fraudsters from service provider scams often phone victims and claim to be from the victim’s cellular, landline, or internet service provider. The fraudster tells the victim that their service provider is offering a great deal. If the victim has agreed to the deal, the fraudster asks the victim for personal information such as social insurance number and or driver’s license number. The information that is collected from the victims is often used for activities related to identity fraud such as ordering a cellphone under the victim’s name. In some cases, the fraudsters will contact the victim again once the cellphone has arrived at the victim’s house and claim that the cellphone was delivered to the wrong address. The victim will then be requested to send the cellphone to a different address and in most cases this is the address of the logistics company that is operating the scam or the address of criminals.
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A fraudster who claims to be a representative from your landline or cellphone service provider may get a cellphone sent to your home and may ask you to send the cellphone to an address that they provide to you.
Never provide personal or credit card information to someone who has contacted you first.
If a cellphone that you did not request is sent to your home, you should…