Vernon RCMP getting numerous calls about police phone scam

Scammers getting sneakier

Phone scammers have been busy in Vernon – and they're getting sneakier in their efforts to part people from their money.

Vernon RCMP are warning of an elaborate telephone fraud circulating the area.

During the past month, police have received numerous reports from the public of phone calls where an individual identifies themselves as a federal agent or RCMP officer.

The fraudster advises the victim there are criminal charges against them or warrants for their arrest. They then convince the victim to send money in the form of Bitcoin or gift cards.

“What makes this call feel real to the victims is that the fraudster already has some of their personal information,” said Cpl. Tania Finn. “In addition to that, the caller ID on the telephone display is that of the Vernon RCMP detachment.”

Police remind the public to protect themselves from falling victim to this type of crime.

“Be sure to never give out personal information on unsolicited calls. The RCMP will never ask the public to transfer funds, nor will any legitimate business or government agency ask for payment in the form of Bitcoin or gift cards. And, most importantly, don’t be afraid to say no or hang up on a call that you believe is a scam,” said Finn.

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