Burlington residents who have recently received a call claiming to be from the mayor’s office have likely been targeted by a phone scam.
This scam consists of the caller asking for personal information about whether the victim has been vaccinated or has their second appointment booked.
Burlington mayor Marianne Meed Ward confirmed via Twitter that this is in fact a scam and that the calls are not coming from the mayor’s office.
The mayor is also advising anyone who has received this phone call to contact Halton police.
If you’re contacted by a person claiming to call on behalf of the Mayor’s office & asking for personal info & if you’re vaccinated/have your 2nd appt. booked, it’s a scam & not my team or office. Please call @HaltonPolice’s non-emergency line at 905-825-4777 & report the incident pic.twitter.com/sMKC9Qg1Sl
— Marianne Meed Ward (@MariannMeedWard) May 31, 2021
According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, it’s best not to rely on or trust a phone’s call display. This is due to the fact that there is still a strong possibility that it is a scam even if the call appears to be from an authentic source.
For more tips on how to protect yourself from scams and fraud, click here.