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Greenfield Park resident Allison Snelgrove's phone number used in scam calls

07/01/2015 12:12 EDT | Updated 07/01/2016 05:59 EDT
A Greenfield Park resident is warning others after she discovered scam calls were being made from what appeared to be her phone number.

Allison Snelgrove has been receiving automated calls offering her deals for over a year. But more recently, she's been receiving confused calls from people asking why her number is calling them to offer fraudulent travel deals.

"It's usually someone who's a little bit older and they're wondering why my number is on their call display," she said.

That's when she realized her phone number was the one that appeared on strangers' call display when they received the scam call.

"A lightbulb went on in my brain and I thought, wait a minute, these aren't all fake numbers," she said.

She said the same thing happened to her husband. Snelgrove believes the reason scammers use local phone numbers is because they're local — making them more enticing to pick up than, for example, a 1-800 number.

Now that she's figured out what's happening, Snelgrove said she wants it to stop.

"I think it's a bit of a form of harassment, because it's happening multiple times a week."

Not a new phenomenon, says RCMP

Daniel Williams, a fraud specialist with the RCMP, says this has been happening since 2004. He said just because the call appears to be from Montreal, it's more likely to actually be from an overseas location.

He also said it's not a matter of hacking anyone's phone or getting anyone's personal information - it's just a trick that changes the display on the phone from a remote location.

He suggests that Snelgrove just ride it out, because eventually, they will change the phone number. 

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