Global News – Frustration and lineups continue to grow at many Service Canada locations

Tomasia DaSilva  Global News Posted April 25, 2022 Many Calgarians are reporting growing frustration along with growing lineups at Service Canada locations across the city. Nicholas Tellas, from Colombia, is getting his master’s degree from the University of Calgary. He was at Service Canada on Monday looking to get his social insurance number so that he can access his scholarship money.“I have a scholarship with the university,” Tellas said. The 26-year-old tried to get an appointment online but said there weren’t any available until June. So he decided to go to an in-person location instead, hoping he’d get in that way quicker. “I have been here since 8 a.m.,” he said. “Today for four hours. Last Friday, another two hours.” Sahar Adel was also playing the waiting game on Monday. “I was here Friday from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., then the office closed so we got sent back home,” Adel said. “Today I’ve been here since 8:15 a.m.” She too said ...

Orilliamatters.com – Beware of fraudsters pretending to be service providers: OPP

OrilliaMatters StaffApr 22, 2022 The fraudsters will ask for personal information, like SIN and driver's licence numbers, warns Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch (ARB) and Serious Fraud Office Ontario (SFO), in concert with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is warning the public about an ongoing service scam that claims to be from your cellular, internet or landline service provider. The CAFC has received reports of fraudsters calling victims claiming to be from their service provider offering them a deal they cannot pass on. The fraudsters proceed to ask for the victim's personal information including their social insurance number (SIN) and driver's licence number. In many cases, their personal information is used for identity fraud including having a cellphone ordered with their identity. In some cases, the fraudsters will place an order for a cellphone and have it shipped to the victim's address. Victims are then advised that the wrong cellphone was shipped and the fraudsters request ...

CBC – Social insurance numbers are stolen by the millions — but Ottawa replaces just dozens per year

New SINs 'will not protect individuals from fraud,' said government official Jonathon Gatehouse · CBC News · Posted: Aug 01, 2019  The one million Canadians who saw their social insurance numbers stolen in the massive Capital One data hack shouldn't count on Ottawa to help bail them out of trouble with identity thieves. In 2018, the federal government issued replacement SINs in just 60 cases of fraud and abuse, according to recent testimony before a House of Commons committee. Elise Boisjoly, an assistant deputy minister with Employment and Social Development Canada, told the Commons standing committee on public safety and national security that her department handed out more than 1.6 million new social insurance numbers last year — but issued only a few dozen replacement numbers because "getting a new social insurance number will not protect individuals from fraud." "The former social insurance number continues to exist and is linked to the individual. If a fraudster uses someone else's former ...

CBC – Ottawa man’s mysterious tax bill may shine light on ‘synthetic identity fraud’ Social Sharing

Stu Mills · CBC News · Posted: Apr 19, 2022 Enrique Rosado faces income tax bill for employment he says he didn't have An Ottawa man who filed his taxes early has discovered more than one nasty surprise. Not only does Enrique Rosado owe much more than he thought, his bill shows the 65-year-old has probably been targeted in what experts call a complicated "synthetic identity" scam.  His problems began in late March when he received a reassessment notice from the Canada Revenue Agency. The letter explained that a Toronto-area business's tax filings indicated that Rosado earned $31,388 he hadn't disclosed in his own personal income tax filing. Not only does Rosado say he doesn't work for 1975945 Ontario Ltd., as CRA insists, he has never heard of the numbered company, nor visited its Toronto address. In fact, the last job held by the now-retired building superintendent was a modest one at a ByWard Market highrise. He filed taxes showing work income of about $45,000. Highrise residents and the ...

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