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The RCMP are warning customers to be weary of callers posing as Manitoba Hydro employees seeking credit card information. Customers are being urged to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre if they receive these calls. (FILE PHOTO)
The RCMP are advising customers to be weary of callers claiming to be from the Manitoba Hydro head office and looking to sell power saving devices.
Customers have been receiving phone calls from callers claiming to be Manitoba Hydro employees looking to sell power saving devices that can save people large amounts of money on their electricity bill. Hydro says these are not their employees and that real Manitoba Hydro employees would never ask for credit card information over the phone.
"We have not approved of such a device. We advise all customers to exercise caution and due diligence if they are contacted by anyone selling energy saving devices," said Manitoba Hydro via its website.
The RCMP said phone calls like these are not new to them and people need to be diligent before giving out any personal information.
"These folks are very creative and they will come up with any type of excuse and scenario to extract personal information. In this day and age sharing personal information with the frauds and identity theft going on is a very dangerous thing. It could cost money and cause an incredible head ache to correct the record," said Sgt. Line Karpish, an RCMP spokesperson.
If any customers receive phone calls of this type, they should report them immediately to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.