RCMP Issues Scam Alert
Prince George, B.C. – A Prince George resident is out some loot after falling victim to a recent scam.
Prince George RCMP Cpl. Craig Douglass says it all started when the victim received a call last Friday from a scammer claiming to work for a major Canadian bank.
“The man requested the victim assist the bank and the RCMP with a fraud investigation involving transfers through the bank and wire transfer companies,” he says. “The victim was asked to make money transfers to help catch the fraudsters. The victim has been defrauded of thousands of dollars.”
Douglass stresses the RCMP would never use the public to assist with an investigation like this and though banks do have security personnel that investigate frauds, they would never request a client assist by transferring their own money.
If you receive a call like this asking for money police advise you of the following:
- Do not take immediate action. Hang-up and call the bank or government agency the person claimed to be working for.
- Know who you are dealing with. Obtain their contact information and search it on the internet. Often the contact info will be associated with frauds.
- Never give your personal information to anyone calling over the phone.
- Never agree to wire funds or purchase cash cards
- Wiring money is untraceable and irreversible.
If you are a victim of such a crime, Douglass says to contact the police. If you’re not a victim, he asks you to call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.