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Notice: Phishing Calls Targeting Social Assistance Clients


3/16/2022 – The Ministry of Community, Children and Social Services (Ontario Works)  has received reports of phishing calls targeting social assistance clients. Clients have reported receiving calls from a recorded message identifying as “social services” and advising the client that their file has been permanently deleted due to fraudulent activity. Clients have been instructed to “press #1 for further information.”

Please be advised to  NOT  select, open, or click on any option or link as this, or similar messages, may be fraudulent. Do not release personal information to any caller.

For additional information on what individuals should do if they receive a potentially fraudulent message, please visit the following Government of Ontario website:


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