Phone scammers use Cops as cover
Oct 16, 2012 / 10:00 am
RCMP warn Okanagan residents to be alert for a high-pressure phone solicitation scam involving the Cops for Kids slogan.
RCMP say the scammers recently targeted a Vernon woman, who became suspicious and called police after the alleged boss of the voice on the phone told her they were having troubles completing the transaction and that the transaction would not appear on her credit card statement.
Similar calls have been received in other parts of the Okanagan and BC.
“The RCMP would like to remind the public that the RCMP and the Cops for Kids Charitable Foundation do not participate in any type of fundraising through cold phone calls,” says Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.
“The Cops For Kids Charitable Foundation has advised the RCMP that they are fielding a high number of inquiries and complaints of aggressive and pressure-tactic telemarketing but confirm that these calls are not coming from Cops for Kids but, in some cases, from a telemarketing firm apparently acting on behalf of a program called Cops for Kids Safety that is stated to be affiliated with a police association unrelated to the RCMP.”
Police advise the public to be vigilant and to question those collecting funds for any cause.
“There are resources, including the Better Business Bureau and the Canadian Radio-Telivision Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), that the public can utilize to verify legitimacy of any fundraising initiatives.”
Information on how to donate to the legitimate Cops For Kids can be reviewed online at anytime throughout the year or on Facebook.
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