UPDATE: Fraud alert from Orillia OPP in wake of credit card scam

A man has been calling people claiming to work at an Orillia pharmacy

If you get a call from a guy who claims to work at an Orillia pharmacy and is seeking credit card information, it’s a scam.

OPP say they were contacted by the pharmacy on Sunday advising customers had been getting calls from a man who stated he worked at the drugstore. Several customers reported “Barry” had called from the pharmacy stating a prescription was ready and asking for credit card information prior to pick up.

Police were told it is not common practice to ask customers for credit card information over the phone.

Here are some tips to avoid becoming a victim of fraud:

  • Never provide personal information or banking details over the phone unless you initiated the call
  • Verify any unsolicited calls by calling back on a number that you have confirmed yourself
  • Don’t be afraid to say “no”
  • Do your research and ensure the organization that you are dealing with is legitimate before taking any other action
  • Be aware of upfront fees, many scams request you pay fees in advance of receiving goods and services or a prize
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and if you feel pressured, never hesitate to hang up