There's a new scam out there and this time they're pretending to be from Shoppers. Now, Shoppers Drug Mart is warning Canadians about fraud calls from scammers pretending to be them.
According to Shoppers, the callers have targeted Canadians in an attempt to get personal and financial information. They say that in these new calls, the scammer claims they are from Shoppers Drug Mart and says that a prescription is ready for pick-up. They then ask for additional personal and financial information.
With scams like these, it can sometimes be hard to tell whether or not something like that is legit, especially if you regularly pick up prescriptions from Shoppers or have one set up auto-refills through them. However, Shoppers is warning Canadian that they would never ask for this kind of personal information over the phone. That means anyone who does is clearly trying to scam you.
These types of scam calls are different than CRA scam calls, where Canadians were sometimes tricked into paying thousands of dollars via Bitcoin, but they can be just as detrimental. For example, scammers can use your personal information to steal your identity and open new credits in your name or rack up charges on your existing cards.
Shoppers issued the warning about the scam through a consumer alert which they shared on their Facebook page. In less than half an hour since it was first issued, the alert had been shared over 200 times by Canadians eager to warn each other about this scam.
If you do receive one of these calls, make sure to not give any information to the person on the phone.
If you are ever in doubt, you can always hang up and contact your Shoppers pharmacy yourself to confirm if your prescription is actually ready for pick up or not. It's always better safe than sorry.
Shoppers didn't confirm how many people have been a victim of this scam so far or if there is any specific demographic that is being targeted.