Another scam born every minute
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 at www.antifraudcentre.ca 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.