Battleford’s RCMP would like let everyone know that there are fraudulent emails and phone calls that are occurring in the area, where people are seeking personal information and/or donations on behalf of different agencies including the RCMP.
Although it is the season of giving and many agencies do make contact with people for a genuine purpose there are fraudsters out there that are malicious and looking to take advantage of people and defraud them of their hard earned money.
It is suggested that if you receive a call for a donation to any agency that you request information on that agency and do your research before committing to any type of donation.
As well you should never give your personal information such as date of birth, social insurance number or other such information out over the phone or via email. Never reply to these emails or open any attached documents.
If the person or persons claim they are from your financial institution and there are issues with you account, go and see your bank directly or call the number on the back of your bank card to discuss the situation. It is very rare that a bank would ever contact you over email or via a phone call. It is always safer if you contact them directly yourself.
Battleford’s RCMP would also like to remind you that we do not call looking for donations to programs nor to the RCMP.
Should you receive a phone call, email or letter from anyone requesting personal information please do your background checks and if in doubt call the local detachment to discuss the situation.
These types of frauds can see people lose significant amounts of money and even their life savings. Often the perpetrators prey on the elderly even claiming to be relatives and requesting money to help them through a variety of situations or hard times.
If you suspect any type of fraud or suspicious activity, please do not hesitate to call the local RCMP Detachment.
We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.
If you require assistance, please contact the Battleford's RCMP at 306-446-1720 or in case of an emergency call 911. You can also report crime anonymously to Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).