Fraud alert: phone scams circulating in Kamloops
2021-08-12 08:14 PDT
File # 2021-27782
The Kamloops RCMP Detachment is warning the public about phone scams following a series of recent fraud reports.
Over the last week, at least several incidents have caught the attention of local police, one of which ended up costing a victim tens of thousands of dollars. That scam involved a series of phone conversations with RCMP impersonators.
On Aug. 4, 2021 a woman received a call from someone claiming to be an RCMP constable who said her grandson had been arrested. She then spoke with someone who claimed to be and sounded like her grandson. The woman was instructed to send $10,000 via courier to an address in Ontario. She sent the money and continued conversations with the fraudulent officers. More money was requested and again sent, then more money still was requested and she became suspicious of the situation, reporting it to Kamloops RCMP on Aug. 11.
These fraudsters can sound very convincing, using similar and common last names to present as constables who may actually work in a local detachment, said Constable Crystal Evelyn, Kamloops RCMP spokesperson.
It’s so important to know that a real police officer would never ask for money to be transferred on behalf of your relative. Please, if you get a call like this, no matter what you’re told on the phone, do your own investigation and call a number you know to belong to your local detachment and real police officers.
Other scams involved bank employee impersonators who stated an account or credit card had been compromised and the only way to fix it was with Mastercard and Visa gift cards.
When to contact the police
If you are a victim of fraud in which you have incurred a financial loss and/or given out your personal information call your local police to report the incident. Record details of your interaction with the fraudster including phone numbers, email addresses and communication with the scammer. Photographs or screenshots of the online conversation are helpful. If you have not been a victim of a fraud but have information related to scams, please report to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1 888-495-8501.
Helpful links to fraud protection tips:
Cst. Crystal EvelynMedia Relations Officer
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
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