Vancouver, British Columbia – The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is warning the public about telephone calls regarding fraudulent insurance warnings, which began in late December 2008. The calls, both live and automated, warn consumers that their vehicle insurance has expired, and it must be renewed immediately by a credit card payment over the phone.
The calls are not from ICBC or Autoplan brokers. ICBC said that consumers who receive such a call should hang up immediately. Anyone who has received a call and provided personal information should contact local police.
Similar calls have been reported in other provinces and appear to be part of a country-wide telephone scam. Caller IDs show the calls are coming from various parts of the U.S., including Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Wyoming and Maryland.