Scam causing headaches for Sarnia courthouse

Ontario Court of Justice in Sarnia. 8 January 2020. ( photo by Colin Gowdy)

Apparently the phone number of the Sarnia courthouse is being used in a scam.

City police say the courthouse has received an onslaught of telephone calls mostly from Ottawa residents, and some from Sarnia-Lambton, about alleged warrants for their arrest.

Police say the callers are telling residents that either their taxes were not paid or their social insurance number was used in a crime.

The phone number being left on messages is the number to the Sarnia courthouse (519-333-2950). Police are asking residents not to call the number.

Police say no agency will threaten you with arrest in exchange for money, and that if you receive a call like this, just hang up. They add if payment is asked for in bitcoin or gift cards it’s a scam.

If you have provided personal information or sent money to someone and suspect you were scammed, call police or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.