Antigonish District RCMP warn citizens of scams

Posted on February 1, 2016

February 1st, 2016, Antigonish, Nova Scotia . . . Antigonish District RCMP are reminding the public to be aware of common criminal scams.

Some of the more common scams targeting seniors in Nova Scotia include:

• The Emergency Grand Parent Scam where a caller claims to be a family member or a close friend and advises the potential victim about an urgent situation that requires immediate funds.
• The Prize Scam involves a scammer contacting the potential victim by phone or email and advising them that they are the winner of a large lottery or sweepstakes. Prior to receiving any winnings, the consumer must first pay an up-front fee. No winnings are ever received.
• The Bank Inspector Scam occurs when suspect(s) make contact with the potential victim by phone advising that they require assistance to catch a bank employee that has been stealing money. The scammer instructs the individual to make a cash withdrawal from their bank account, place the money in an envelope and meet the ‘investigator’ at a designated location to turn over the money.

For more information on these scams and tips to protect yourself, please visit or

The best way to protect you and your family is to know how to recognize these scams.

If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre 1-888-495-8501 or

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Contact person:

Cpl. Shannon Fear
Antigonish District RCMP
Office: (902) 863-6500


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