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City of Burlington Warning Residents of Phone Scam Using Halton Court Services Number

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Please see below a media release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. — Nov. 26, 2019 — The City of Burlington is receiving reports of fraudulent phone calls being received by residents in Burlington and across Canada from the Halton Provincial Offences Act (POA) Court’s general number, 905-637-1274. The message asks residents to call the Halton POA courthouse or ‘press 2’ as they are going to be arrested for unpaid fines and fraud. A live person then advises them they are from Revenue Canada or the police and the resident will be arrested shortly for non-payment.

If you get one of these calls, please ignore the message. Halton POA Court is not working with Revenue Canada to collect unpaid fines and does not issue warrants for arrest for unpaid fines.

The fraud unit at Halton Regional Police Service has been notified. The City is also posting information on its websites and social media platforms about the fraudulent calls.



These types of fraud and scams are becoming all too frequent with new versions popping up all the time. That is why it is so important to stay as vigilant as possible. If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, please contact Halton Police’s Fraud Intake Office at 905-465-8741 or visit If you are unsure if a call or email you’ve received is fraud or a scam, please the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at

*Posted by John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist.

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2 thoughts on “City of Burlington Warning Residents of Phone Scam Using Halton Court Services Number”

  1. Thank you for letting us know of this new tactic. I would encourage everyone to forward this info on to their contacts.
    Could we know the status re the half million stolen from the City?
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Mozelle, this is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist. The Burlington Post ran a guest column from Mayor Meed Ward in September where she provided an update and a link to the staff report that provided a public update at the Sept. 11 Audit committee on what was learned and how the City is protecting itself. The Post column is available here: The public report is available online at Thank you for commenting on the Mayor’s website.

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