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 http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/scams-fraudes/index-eng.htm or http://www.novascotia.ca/snsmr/access/individuals/consumer-awareness/consumer-alerts/scammed.asp.

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 www.antifraudcentre.ca.

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Contact person:

Cpl. Shannon Fear
Antigonish District RCMP
Office: (902) 863-6500
shannon.fear@rcmp-grc.gc.ca


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