An­other scam born ev­ery minute

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Of­ten fraud will prey on peo­ples trust­ing na­ture, and one is cir­cu­lat­ing in the val­ley re­cently that preys on the trust of the po­lice.

Drumheller RCMP Cor­po­ral Rod Guthrie tells The

Mail re­cently they have learned of a scam where lo­cal busi­nesses are be­ing billed for ad­ver­tis­ing that has a con­nec­tion to the RCMP.

“It is a let­ter to busi­nesses, that says, “thanks for your spon­sor­ship, here is a bill for your ad­ver­tis­ing spot on the back of our po­lice cars,” said Guthrie. “It was for about $250, and looks like an of­fi­cial in­voice. If it went to the right busi­ness where it goes through ac­counts re­ceiv­able, it would just get paid.”

This is just one of the many scams that have been cir­cu­lat­ing in the val­ley.

“We are get­ting the Canada Rev­enue ones of­ten,” said Guthrie.

The Canada Rev­enue Scam is where a res­i­dent will re­ceive a com­mu­ni­ca­tion, via text, e-mail or phone call, pur­ported to be from the Rev­enue Canada Agency re­quest­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion such as a so­cial in­surance num­ber, credit card or bank­ing in­for­ma­tion or pass­port num­ber. Th­ese scam­mers will of­ten say they are sim­ply up­dat­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, prom­ise a re­fund or uses co­er­cive lan­guage coax­ing the vic­tim to pay a fic­ti­tious debt.

Th­ese are just a cou­ple of a list of many swin­dles the RCMP are see­ing crop up. The main way to pro­tect your­self from a scam­mer is to be in­formed and cau­tious.

If ever you are asked to trans­fer funds, there is a good chance it’s a scam. Never send money or give credit card num­bers to peo­ple you don’t know and trust. Sim­i­larly, don’t ac­cept a cheque or money or­der for pay­ment for goods and ser­vices that is more than what you agreed upon.

If you be­lieve you were a tar­get of a scam but have not suf­fered any fi­nan­cial loss, or pro­vided per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, re­port it to the Cana­dian Anti-Fraud Cen­tre at­tifraud­cen­ or call 1-888-495-8501.

If you have fallen vic­tim to a scam that re­sulted in fini­cal loss or the com­pro­mise of your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion re­port it to the Drumheller RCMP at 403-8232630.

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