Vernon RCMP have received more than 30 fraud reports so far in 2021

Fraud cases on the rise

Vernon RCMP remind the public to beware as reports of fraudulent activity continue across the region.

"The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP have received over 30 reports of fraud so far in 2021," says spokesperson Const. Chris Terleski.

"While it is incredibly difficult to stop the solicitation, consumers and businesses play an important role in combatting fraud. Fraudsters are finding more creative and sophisticated ways to swindle people and businesses out of their hard-earned money, however, there are several key things to watch for that will indicate you are the target of a scam so you can take action to protect yourself."

Warning signs you may be the target of a scam:

  • Scammers pretend to be from an organization or a customer you know to avoid suspicion.
  • Scammers present a problem or a prize as a lure to gain and keep your attention.
  • Scammers pressure you to act immediately.
  • Scammers tell you to pay in a specific way, allowing them to collect their money quickly and without trace.

Tips to protect yourself:

  • Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • No matter who you think is calling, never give out personal information over the phone.
  • Never pay a debt by crypto-currencies such as bitcoin, prepaid credit cards or gift cards from retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, or others.
  • If someone contacts you allegedly from a company, hang up and contact the company yourself to verify the information.
  • If you didn’t make the call, you don’t know who you are talking to.

When in doubt discuss it with a family member or trusted friend. Never rush into a decision because someone is pressuring you, police advise.

Report cases to the Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca or by calling 1-888-495-8501.

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