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Police warning businesses of “corporate” scam


Corp. John Butler of the Bay St. George RCMP wants businesses to be aware of a phone scam attempted in Stephenville.

Early today a business on Main Street in Stephenville received a call from a man who told the clerk he was from "corporate" and needed to have information about the prepaid credit cards they sell. He also requested the expiry dates on the cards.

Luckily the clerk, recognizing it may be a scam, didn't provide any information.

"Police are reminding all businesses to ensure their employees know not to share any financial or potentially sensitive information with anyone until steps have been taken to ensure the request is a legitimate one," Butler said.

He said this is the second phone scam reported in as many weeks as last week there was a complaint a person called seeking money to help the son of the person who answered the phone. In this instance, the caller had said the son was in jail in St. John’s and was looking for money to bail him out.

Butler said on a personal level never provide money or information to callers on the phone without first assuring it's legitimate.

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