No government agency would ever call on the phone to tell you it has a package addressed to you that contains drugs, money or both.  Nor would it tell you it’s waiting at the border, and there are certain things you can do to prevent trouble with the law or even imprisonment.

Yet that’s the latest method being used by , and Timmins Police have been told of several instances of it.

Communications coordinator Marc Depatie adds that if you keep the fraudster on the line… they’ll eventually ask for personal or banking information.

“The calls that are received will indicate that it’s coming from a Timmins exchange,” he notes,  “which adds a little bit of credibility to the phone call.”

Depatie advises you not to engage in the conversation.  Just hang up.

“No government agency would notify you of some package at the order and ask you for information presupposed on that particular set of circumstances.”

Besides hanging up, Depatie says you should contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-9501 or here.