The OPP has received numerous complaints from area residents expressing concerns about an increase in telemarking scams. Common scams or “pitches” include:

The Vacation Scam, where people are contacted by telephone by someone claiming to offer a “free” or “low cost” vacation and then asking for a credit card number and personal information in order to hold the vacation or they may request money in advance.

Air Miles Scam, telemarketers claiming to represent Air Miles tell the homeowner they have won 10,000 to 100,000 Air Miles. An operator will come on the line and request a credit card number.

Police advise you to never give out your credit card information over the phone; check with legitimate travel agencies about vacation specials and Air Miles does not use an automated message to notify customers they have won reward miles. Remember: If it looks or sounds too good to be true, it probably is. For more information you can visit www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or dial 1-888-495-8501.