Fraudsters are using Hurricane Fiona to scam people for personal information

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The government will not ask you to purchase gift cards to help with Hurricane Fiona relief efforts.

That’s according to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center (CAFC) and the OPP, who are warning against fraudsters trying to take advantage of the storm.

“The CAFC is receiving reports from suspects calling victims claiming to be from the government and offering financial assistance for the flooding caused by Hurricane Fiona,” a statement on their website reads. “The suspects are asking for personal information and will ask you to buy gift cards. This is a scam! The government will not call you asking for personal information or gift card payments.

The CAFC says some of the things they will ask you include your name, address, date of birth, account information, and/or social insurance number (SIN).

Once you provide this information, the scammer can use it for identity theft.

The CAFC cautions never to provide personal information over the phone, online or by email in response to an unsolicited request.

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