The West Shore RCMP are currently investigating a report of a telephone scam in which the scammer posed as a police officer.
On January 8th the West Shore RCMP received a complaint from a woman who stated she received a call from a person posed as a West Shore RCMP officer. The scammer told the complainant that they had a warrant out for their arrest and began asking for personal details including banking information.
The scammer then asked the complaint what her local police detachment’s phone number was and stated they would have someone call back from the detachment number to prove it was the police calling. The complaint then received a callback and the caller display on her phone showed the West Shore RCMP non-emergency number.
“We want the public to be aware of this scam,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar, West Shore RCMP. “We have seen this type of scam before where the call display on your phone may reflect our number or that of an official agency, but this is a common scamming technique called spoofing. Scammers will use computer software to alter how their number is displayed and make it look like we are calling you.”
Here are some tips on how to protect yourself from fraud:
- Don’t believe your caller ID
- Don’t provide your personal/banking information over the phone
- Hang up on
- If you find the caller suspicious there’s no need to continue the conversation, just hang up
- Never wire money or deposit a check
- Talk to someone you trust before making a decision to send money, scammers want you to make a decision in a hurry and will try to pressure you
For more information on fraud prevention and protection visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website.
Cst. Nancy Saggar
Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP
698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B 3A4