Phone scam alert

The City of Penticton is advising the public to be aware that fraudulent calls are being placed with residents asking if they would like to pay their utility bill with credit card.

The City of Penticton is not calling residents regarding credit card payments, and would never do so. Should someone receive such a phone call, they should not provide any information to the caller.

The City of Penticton advises residents to be vigilant against fraud. Scams can involve individuals impersonating companies and organizations to lead citizens into believing that a request for information from a legitimate entity. This type of fraud can be generally perpetrated by mail, email or phone – with the aim to obtain information like personal, financial or password data.

If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or http://www.antifraudcentre.ca.