New form of Phone Fraud arises in Hanna

Written by ECA Review

There is a new phone scam that has been happening in the Hanna area as of Thurs. May 6.

The caller identifies themselves as law enforcement but not from the local police (in this case, RCMP from Ontario).

The caller goes on to make the potential victim believe there is an investigation into the activities of a suspect in Hanna that is stealing money from bank accounts and sending it to someone in another part of Canada.

The reality is, however, there is no investigation, no suspect in Hanna and the caller isn’t a real law enforcement officer.

The caller then tells the potential victim that they could help by sending a large quantity of cash in the mail so that they (the fake police) would be able to catch the people in the other province.

The victim then sends money in the mail which is ultimately never seen again.

There is no investigation and the caller is simply scamming the victim into sending the cash.

They will pressure you into not saying anything to anyone EVEN THE LOCAL POLICE. 

Do not ever send money to someone without verifying the details of the transaction.

If someone calls you and asks you to send money, DON’T. It is more than likely a scam.

Tell the caller you want to verify the transaction before sending the money.

The RCMP nor any other police agency will ever tell you to send money to assist with an investigation.

You will always have time to verify a transaction. 

If anyone pressures you, it is a scam. Do not send the money.


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