My Bell scam crawls through the Net to Chatham

Jul 31 • Feature Story, Local NewsNo Comments on My Bell scam crawls through the Net to Chatham

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There is a new scam circulating in the Chatham area involving a fake e-mail from Bell Canada.

Several Chatham residents have reported getting an e-mail from My Bell saying that the credit card used to pay for Internet services was declined and the customer needed to click on a link to update his or her credit card. The scam warns if the cardholder doesn’t, Internet service will be cut off.

Chatham-Kent Police community relations officer Renee Cowell said this is just another in a long list of e-mail scams circulating in this area. Cst. Cowell warns residents to never click on a link in an e-mail that seems suspicious.

“Some people panic and click the link,” she said. “Don’t ever click on any link or attachment without first verifying the info and be suspicious of e-mails that come from an unsolicited source.”

Any residents who suspect they may be a victim of a phone or e-mail scam should call the Canadian Antifraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or check out the centre website at www.antifraudcentre.ca to find out what the latest scams are in circulation.

Cowell said the information on the website is very helpful and updated constantly to help people combat the barrage of scam artists taking advantage of new technology.

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