RCMP issue warning after local falls victim to emergency scam, while another narrowly avoids loss
2020-11-25 15:00 PST
File # 2020-3823 / 2020-3825
Revelstoke RCMP is urging the general public to remain extra vigilant after back to back reports of the Emergency Scam, otherwise known as the Grandparent Scam, in the Revelstoke area today.
On November 25, 2020 shortly after 10:30 a.m., a local Revelstoke resident was targeted by a suspected scammer who posed as a close friend. The fraudster, who seemed to be panicked, claimed he was in jail and needed bail money. The suspect further added that he had been in an accident and had been drinking. He requested that the victim e-transfer $2,500 to the man’s lawyer, who supposedly practiced law in the BC Lower Mainland.
The victim wired the funds electronically after they received a second call from a person who identified themselves as the friend’s legal counsel, states Sgt. Chris Dodds, Revelstoke RCMP Detachment Commander.
Shortly before 12 p.m., Revelstoke RCMP responded to yet another report of a local resident targeted in an apparent emergency scam. The resident shared that he had received an anonymous call from someone posing as his grandson, who claimed he was in jail, in need of money following a drunk driving accident. Fortunately the resident contacted the Revelstoke RCMP non-emergency line and a police dispatcher advised the man not to send any money as the matter was a scam. Police managed to personally contact the man’s grandson and ensure his wellbeing.
Each of these occurrences, are truly unfortunate situations. Whether the scammer is successful in obtaining funds, or not, these sorts of calls can cause deep concern and be stressful for most, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District.
These fraudsters rely on emotional pleas for help and take advantage of a parent or grandparent’s concern for a child or even a close friends concern for a companion and exploit it to their advantage.
RCMP offer the following advice when receiving such calls:
- Watch out for urgent pleas that play on your emotions - If you have any doubts, trust your instincts and simply end the conversation;
- Talk to other family members - If you receive a call or contact from someone claiming a family member or friend is in trouble, reach out to another family member or friend to confirm the situation;
- Never send cash, gift cards or money transfers as payment to an unknown recipient;
Click here to visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website to learn more about this and other scams.
Cpl. Jesse O'DonagheyDistrict Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
170-395 Penno Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7W5
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