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Fraudulent phone calls from callers claiming to be BMO and Scotiabank

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Fraudulent phone calls from callers claiming to be BMO and Scotiabank

The past week I've gotten a bunch of calls from two numbers, 855-420-3240 claiming to be BMO, and 888-882-2311 claiming to be Scotiabank. I called both banks and they've identified these numbers as coming from scammers. I've never gotten these sort of calls before, I'm wondering what's triggered it?

BTW, if you call those numbers, they have recordings that are made to sound like the real thing...I never stayed on the phone long enough to see it I'd get an actual "person".
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Interesting! I had a call from 1-855-664-2147 claiming to be BMO Mastercard but I just told them I am at work and to call me back later. That was Thursday and they haven't called back.
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Apparently, the 855 numbers are all scammers. Considering adding all such numbers to my call filter.
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hagbard wrote:
Jul 23rd, 2012 9:23 am
Ah...yeah...and?
And presumably all toll free numbers do not belong to scammers as you stated above.
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S5 wrote:
Jul 23rd, 2012 12:51 pm
And presumably all toll free numbers do not belong to scammers as you stated above.
Anyone who's calling me using a 855 number is likely a scammer. Those who aren't I don't want to talk to anyway. And if they're claiming to be with BMO or Scotiabank, there definitely are (confirmed).
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hagbard wrote:
Jul 19th, 2012 7:40 pm
The past week I've gotten a bunch of calls from two numbers, 855-420-3240 claiming to be BMO, and 888-882-2311 claiming to be Scotiabank. I called both banks and they've identified these numbers as coming from scammers.
Many companies use the services of external agencies/3rd party companies to sell their products. I find it hard to believe that any front line employee will know the names of all of the external agencies/3rd party companies the bank is using nevermind to identify the number as being a scam.
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Jul 23rd, 2012 1:47 pm
Anyone who's calling me using a 855 number is likely a scammer.
:facepalm: :facepalm: In that case you might as well add 800, 868, 878, 888, 866 and 877 to your call filter.
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Milfman wrote:
Jul 23rd, 2012 2:03 pm
Many companies use the services of external agencies/3rd party companies to sell their products. I find it hard to believe that any front line employee will know the names of all of the external agencies/3rd party companies the bank is using nevermind to identify the number as being a scam.


:facepalm: :facepalm: In that case you might as well add 800, 868, 878, 888, 866 and 877 to your call filter.
Feel free to answer any call you wish. I'll do my thing. BTW, I don't need to hear from any of their "third party" a holes so that's just a bonus.
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If i get a phone call from anyone claiming to be from a financial institution I belong to I just ask them for their name and their department and tell them I will call them back through the customer service line on the back of my card. If they don't agree to this it's obviously not worth my time.
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hagbard wrote:
Jul 23rd, 2012 2:21 pm
Feel free to answer any call you wish. I'll do my thing. BTW, I don't need to hear from any of their "third party" a holes so that's just a bonus.
Why bother posting here if people try to give you information about your thread and your response is to hold your hands over your ears and go "LALALALALALALA"?
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Milfman wrote:
Jul 23rd, 2012 2:03 pm
:facepalm: :facepalm: In that case you might as well add 800, 868, 878, 888, 866 and 877 to your call filter.
Er, you say this like it's a bad idea.

I hardly ever answer calls from toll free numbers, unless the company name comes up on the caller ID and I am expecting a call from them.

Anyone calling from a toll free number is invariably either someone trying to sell me something or a scammer. I don't care if I have a relationship with BMO or not, if BMO is calling me, odds are very high it is because they are trying to sell me something, or do some stupid survey I don't have time for.

If the issue is important, they will leave a voice mail and I will pick it up later. If they don't leave a voice mail, then it wasn't worth my time to answer in the first place.
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MikeMontrealer wrote:
Jul 24th, 2012 7:19 am
Why bother posting here if people try to give you information about your thread and your response is to hold your hands over your ears and go "LALALALALALALA"?
Maybe they should answer the question I asked instead of providing their opinions on something I didn't ask. I have a solution to prevent these calls, I asked why I was getting them.
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brunes wrote:
Jul 24th, 2012 7:21 am


If the issue is important, they will leave a voice mail and I will pick it up later. If they don't leave a voice mail, then it wasn't worth my time to answer in the first place.
I don't answer the phone for any number unless I know who's calling. I'm the same as above. If they want us, they'll leave a message. Been doing this for years.
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Jul 23rd, 2012 10:46 pm
If i get a phone call from anyone claiming to be from a financial institution I belong to I just ask them for their name and their department and tell them I will call them back through the customer service line on the back of my card. If they don't agree to this it's obviously not worth my time.
^ this.
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