Brantford police on Wednesday released images of suspects in an identity theft investigation.
Police said that, on Dec. 9, they were contacted by a financial institution after more than $43,000 was withdrawn from a victim’s account over four days.
The institution said false identification in a customer’s name was used.
“Still images of the suspects have been obtained and are being released in hopes that the public may have information that could lead investigators to identify these individuals,” police said in a news release
Any one with information about the suspects is asked to contact police at 519-756-7050.
Police aid they have received 418 reports of fraud since Jan. 1.
Identity theft occurs when scammers collect and/or replicate personal information to commit fraud, police.
“Thieves can make purchases from your accounts, acquire passports, receive government benefits, apply for loans, and more. Your information can be stolen through your trash and mail, or through tactics such as spyware, viruses, hacking, and phishing.”
Police offered the following tips to protect yourself:
• Never provide your personal information over the phone, via text message, email, or the internet;
• Regularly check your credit rating/reports;
• Avoid the use of public computers and Wi-Fi hotspots to access or provide personal information;
• Create strong, unique passwords for each account and password protect your devices and home wireless network;
• Do not write down passwords and carry them with you;
• Only make payments online through a secure site – the web address will start with https and show a closed padlock symbol;
• Do not give out personal information on social media;
• Always shield your PIN when making purchases and never lose sight of your card;
• Shred and destroy documents with any personal information.
Visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center (www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraud.ca/index-eng.htm) for more information on how to recognize, reject and report fraud. If you have not experienced a financial loss but have received a fraudulent call, such as the CRA scam, report the incident by contacting the center at 1-888-495-8501 or online
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud and live in the city, contact Brantford police. You can also report online at: www.brantfordpolice.ca/online-reporting.