FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP has been receiving various calls regarding phone fraud scams.
These scams require victims to pay out large sums of money to help family members in emergency situations. For example, earlier this week, a woman was phoned by who she thought was her son saying he had been in an accident and needed money.
In a release from RCMP, front line officers have spoken was multiple callers have reported similar phone scams regarding a lawyer representing a family member and requested money immediately.
In these fraud scenarios, the scammers may pose as a lawyer or even as the family member in trouble and will already have the name of the child or grandchild.
One warning sign RCMP is suggesting to look for is “that the pressure is on, that the funds are needed immediately to deal with the emergency, adding urgency, often causing victims to make sudden decisions.”
In certain instances, the scammers may even suggest that you shouldn’t talk to anyone else about it or that there is “no time to wait”.
“These scammers are deplorable because they take advantage of hard working, upstanding citizens who care deeply about their family members”, said Constable Chad Neustaeter, Media Relations Officer for the Fort St John RCMP Detachment. “Don’t let their pressure tactics scare you into giving up your hard earned money.”
RCMP have made suggestions in order to avoid becoming a victim in any situations like this by asking for time, reach out to the son, daughter, grandchild, or other family members that can verify the situation, don’t feel pressure to send funds immediately, do not provide any personal or banking information.
If you have been a victim of a fraud like this, the RCMP suggests reporting it to your local police and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.