Recently, on at least three occasions, potential victims have received fraudulent phone calls from people requesting support for a Teddy Bear Program sponsored by police. On all three occasions potential victims declined to provide money.
The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is not currently operating a Teddy Bear Program. At no time will Sault Ste. Marie Police contact people over the phone to request money.
If someone contacts you requesting money while also asking you not to tell anyone, it is a sign something is not right. If you ever have any concerns about a potential scam or fraudulent activity, please contact police by calling 705-949-6300.
Do not share personal information with anyone you do not know over the phone. Remember, you are not obligated to share your information with others. Do not be shy about asking the person on the phone questions about why they are requesting money or personal information.
If you have second thoughts, end the conversation. It is not rude, it is cautious. Protect yourself and your personal information at all times.