Tuesday , 27 October 2020

Maidstone RCMP warns residents of phone scam in the area

Maidstone RCMP is warning residents about a telephone scam which includes an individual posing as a police officer.

Mounties said they have received complaints of a caller identifying as a Canada Revenue Agency officer.

They then inform the victim that their SIN has been involved in crime and attempts to learn the victim’s banking information and Social Insurance Number.

The con continues with them asking for the victim’s local RCMP Detachment and the phone number stating that an officer will call them.

A device is used to mimic the local police department’s phone number on caller ID with an accomplice calling the victim to provide confirmation of the initial caller’s scam posing as a local Police Officer.

RCMP advises the community to never provide personal details over the phone without confirming who the caller is.

Anyone unsure of the call should ask questions such as the caller’s name, where they work, and a call back number.

Mounties recommend using the information to research the company.

Anyone who believes they’re the subject of a scam can call their local police detachment.

About Tre Lopushinsky

Tre is the lead reporter/editor at Lloyd Connect. He is a NAIT Radio and Television alumni. Tre has experience in radio, audio production, video editing and news reporting. During his time at NAIT he worked as a sports editor for the college paper and was a commentator for NAIT Ooks Basketball and volleyball teams. Some residents may know him as being the "giant employee" in the community for the past two years. Tre, for some reason, hasn’t veered away from his childhood as he has a passion for collecting figures (not dolls!).

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