SURREY, B.C. – Due to the increase in ever-evolving scams targeting seniors, the BC RCMP Federal Policing Prevention and Engagement (FPPE) team has launched a proactive community outreach campaign.
In a release, the RCMP details many different types of scams, some of which have been reported in the Peace region.
The “emergency/grandparent” scam involves claiming a family member was in an accident or in trouble and a fee or fine would be required.
“Extortion” scams use a recorded message demanding money and personal information, claiming to be a federal institution or large company.
“Bank investigator” scams involve claiming to be from a bank and investigating unauthorized activity on their account and requesting personal information and then money.
“Prize” scams involve claiming the victim won something but is then asked to pay before receiving the prize.
The release says that the FPPE team is working to reach out and connect with seniors and other members of the community to raise awareness and provide strategies to protect them against these crimes.
The team works with other RCMP units, external partner agencies and members of the community to identify crime trends and take a preventative approach by providing information and resources needed to avoid becoming victims.
RCMP say that as part of this initiative, the team’s corporal, Vinh Ngo and the Bank of Canada’s Western Regional Representative, Mr. Farid Salji attended the 2022 United Way Provincial Summit on Aging that was held on April 28th and 29th, and participated in a crime prevention exhibition.
Ngo and Salji have been coordinating anti-fraud webinars online throughout the pandemic, and more recently, they have been doing in-person seminars, the release said.
Police say the members of the team are “relentless in their pursuit to identify and prevent crime through actively engaging with our partners and members of the community.”
If members of the community have been the target of a suspected scam, contact the local RCMP detachment at 250-787-8140 and report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online at their fraud reporting website.
To read the full release, click here.