The latest scam involving fraudsters posing as regulators aims to trick consumers out of their banking information with a fake application form, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) warns.
A scam artist claiming to be a FSCO employee is contacting potential victims via email and trying to trick them into turning over their personal and banking information with a fake “next of kin application form,” the Ontario regulator says in a news release.
Targets are promised a large sum of money for completing the phony form. “Consumers should exercise caution and should not provide personal or banking information when asked through unsolicited requests. Recipients of the email are encouraged to report these incidents to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre,” FSCO says.
The fraudster is using various aliases, including Thomas Beker, Thomas Bekker and John Beker, along with FSCO’s logo and contact info.