A new phone scam in Canada is targeting people in Quebec by pretending to be the Ministry of Justice.\nThis, however, is just one of many scam calls that Quebecers and Canadians alike have to deal with on a daily basis, particularly in recent weeks.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nA new phone scam in Canada, which is one of many, is claiming to be from the Government of Quebec, particularly the Ministry of Justice. It's important you don't fall prey to it if they try to contact you in the coming days.\nI know I'm not alone when I say that I have been getting a ridiculous number of scam calls to my cellphone in the last couple of weeks.\nI find they often come attached to what looks like a Canadian phone number (usually a 416 area-code, which my phone number also has, despite living in Montreal, because... change is hard, okay?). When I answer the call, it is almost always an automated message of some kind or another.\nThen, yesterday, CJAD News in Montreal also reported that their readers had reached out to them to express concern over an increased number of spam calls, though this time with numbers from around the globe.\nI've received calls in the last two weeks that span from Service Canada threatening my arrest to DHL delivery in China attempting to express a message to me in a language I do not speak (Mandarin? Cantonese? I couldn't be sure).\nSo, I went looking to see if other people in Quebec had been receiving an increase in these robocalls as well.\nTurns out, of course, they were. But why?\nThe scams from government agencies are relatively easy to understand. There has long been an issue in Canada with international call centres that prey on Canadians in regards to taxes, visas, and other legal issues.\n😅 Before any scammers phone me pretending to be from Service Canada, I think that they'd best take into account that today is a statutory holiday.— Chocolate Vanilla Guy (@chocolatevguy) October 14, 2019\nThe Anti Fraud Centre is unreachable. Please tell them that there is a scam where they have both email and telephone number of a person and they first send email advising of SIN card problem and that someone will call, followed by a call. Points to theft of data with email/phone— Jean-François Mezei (@jfmezei) October 15, 2019\nIn the last year, the RCMP even warned of an ongoing telemarketing scam that attempted to intimidate Canadians by posing as the Canadian Revenue Agency and demanding the payment of tax debt.\nAt times, the calls prey on immigrants who are intimidated into believing they must provide money or information in order to avoid their immigrant visas being revoked.\nOthers target any and all Canadians by way of impersonating Service Canada employees. The government of Canada reminds Canadians that Service Canada and the information service 1-800-O-Canada will not request personal information over the phone, such as a SIN number or passport number, either by call or text message.\n@CanRevAgency @ServiceCanada_E Many might fell for this text to steal banking login phishing during this long Holiday. Do not proceed to select your financial institution. It’s phishing to steal your bank login and wipe off your savings. #ThanksgivingWeekend #Quebec #Canada pic.twitter.com/SNdnwsKojZ— XoX (@ThejideGrand) October 14, 2019\nThe RCMP is in an ongoing fight to take down illegal call centre networks that exist abroad but attempt to take advantage of Canadians in Canada.\nSince I don't speak Mandarin or Cantonese, I cannot know what it is that they are attempting to express when I get calls claiming to be from DHL China.\nBut, clearly, I'm not the only one receiving them.\nITS NOT EVEN 9AM YET— NABEEL (@nablantis) September 4, 2019\nHmmm..... The DHL Chinese package phone scam is back. I just got one of those calls on my iPhone. cc: @DHLCanadaHelp— The IT Nerd (@The_IT_Nerd) August 28, 2019\nDHL has addressed the issue on their website, reminding customers not to interact with the calls in any way. By that they mean don't press any keys if prompted to, don't call the number back, "discontinue the call immediately if it seems suspicious," and avoid providing any further information about yourself, particularly if the caller sounds automated.\nThe Quebec Ministry of Justice has also been warning Quebecers about automated calls from someone claiming to work for the Ministry who then asks for confirmation of a Social Insurance Number.\nThis scam seems to have been going on for some time, with CTV News Montreal reporting incidents earlier this month.\n[ Appels inopportuns ]\n\nMe semble que ce serait pertinent qu'un journaliste questionne les cies de télécom, GRC, etc. à...Posted by Luc Manuel Soares on Sunday, October 20, 2019\nTranslation: "It seems to me that it would be relevant for a journalist to question telecom, RCMP, etc. to know why so many scam-calls have been happening in Canada for a few days."\nWe are obviously seeing an explosion of calls made by robots, and everyone seems to be interested.\nUnfortunately, it seems that there is little we can do as citizens, aside from being vigilant and attempting to ignore the calls, as frequent as they may be.\nIn Quebec, if you believe you have been the victim of a phishing attempt, you can contact your local police department, the Sûreté du Québec (514-310-4141) or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center (1-888-495-8501). You may also notify the ministère de la Justice (1-866-536-5140, option 4).\nIn Canada, you should report deceptive telemarketing to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or by calling 1‑888-495-8501.\nIf you suspect you may be the victim of fraud, you can always contact your local police service. To report the theft of your Social Insurance Number (SIN), contact Service Canada at 1-800-206-7218.