Thursday, 24 January 2013 08:35

Phone scam targets Swift Current resident

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Swift Current RCMP are warning of a phone scam which directly effected a local resident.


On Jan. 22, a Swift Current resident received a call from a person that was posing as a family member in need of money. The caller said they were in an accident while impaired and needed money to be sent electronically to another province.
The caller gave an ultimatum to send the money as soon as possible so they wouldn't be charged for the impaired driving. The caller also gave instructions to not tell anyone else about what was going on.
The Swift Current resident became suspicious and through some calls to family members, was able to determine that the phone call was a scam and didn't send any money.
The RCMP are reminding people to be cautious about scams such as this or any scam where they are contacted and asked to send money through electronic means that cannot be traced or to give personal financial information over the phone or email without verifying the transaction is legitimate. Legitimate financial institutions and retailers will not give
ultimatums.
If you think you have been targeted by a fraud or scam but have not lost any money and have not provided personal or financial information, and you simply want to inform the appropriate organizations, report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud  Centre.
If you received a fraudulent e-mail soliciting personal or financial information (phishing scam), you should also advise the financial institution or the other agency whose name was used.
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre contact information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca; 1-888-495-8501.

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