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Gift Card Fraud

Gift Card Fraud

RCMP are reminding the public to be very cautious if you receive a message from a friend over a Social Media site (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) that they were successful in winning money. If you respond, the scammers tell you that before receiving any winnings, you must pay an advance fee or buy something. The scammer may request payment through a money service business (Western Union, Money Gram etc.) or request that you provide prepaid gift cards. The Scammer will ask the Victim to keep it Secret until the victim receives their Winnings. This is huge warning. To protect yourself call that friend and speak with them. More often your friend’s account was hacked. Never provide personal information or banking information.

As of Sept. 30, 2022, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) has received 68,259 reports. There were 43,476 victims that lost $362.7 million dollars. Victims are asked to call their local RCMP or police of jurisdiction. Victims can also report fraudulent activity to CAFC by calling 1-888-495-8501 or visiting the CFAC Website;




Crime Stoppers Month

Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers – Continued Success during a Challenging Year

Recognizing January as National Crime Stoppers Month, Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers is pleased to announce another successful year in 2020. Through the cooperative efforts of the public to anonymously report detailed tip information and working in partnership with law enforcement to ensure the proper information is collected for investigation, Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers continues to play a significant role in making our communities safer.

Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers is very proud to have been honored with the 2020 International Crime Stoppers Award for Total Property Recovered in jurisdictions of 300,000 to 1 million population. The program saw an increase of 1400 percent from the previous year through the seizure of property, cash, and illegal drugs resulting from successful tips. Other highlights include the ever-expanding increase of our social media presence on Facebook with over 27,000 followers along with continuing to reach out to all areas of the province to promote and bring awareness to the benefits of the program.

Since inception of the program in 1987, Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers has assisted law enforcement in 3455 arrests, 3985 cases cleared with $9,939,415 in property recovered, $8,529,021 in drugs seized, and $18,510,729 in total dollars recovered.

Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers wants to acknowledge the tremendous support and financial contribution of its sponsors and the successful partnership with the RCMP to operate the program.  We look forward to continuing to work together into the future to ensure the safety of our communities.

To submit a tip individuals can call 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), access the website at or use the P3 app for tablets and smartphones. All contact remains anonymous and anyone providing information that results in an arrest or charge may be eligible for cash rewards of up to $2000. 




The Saskatchewan RCMP is aware of a phone scam in which the caller identifies themselves as an officer with the Canada Revenue Agency and informs the victim that their Social Insurance Number has been involved in a crime. The caller then attempts to learn the victim’s personal banking information and Social Insurance Number. During the call, the caller also asks for the victim’s local RCMP Detachment and phone number and advises that a police officer will call them. The caller then uses a device to mimic the local police department’s phone number on caller ID, and has an accomplice pose as a local police officer and call the victim again to provide confirmation of the initial caller’s scam.

Should you receive a call that you are unsure of, the best way to prevent becoming a victim of crime is to never provide personal details over the phone without confirming who the caller is, even if the phone number appears legitimate (such as “RCMP” appearing on the call display). The police will NOT phone you to ask for your Social Insurance Number or banking information.

If you receive a call similar to this, ask the caller their name and the agency they work for, and then do your own research using a phone book or the internet to find a listed phone number for that agency. Do not use a call-back number that the caller has provided. Further, please report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre:…




Fraudulent Phone Scam

Numerous Saskatchewan RCMP detachments have received information about a telephone based scam occurring in the province. The caller identifies themselves as an officer with the Canada Revenue Agency and informs the victim that their SIN has been involved in crime and attempts to learn the victim's banking information and SIN. During the call the caller asks for the victim's local RCMP Detachment and phone number stating that an officer will call them. The caller then uses a device to mimic the local police department's phone number on caller ID and has an accomplice call the victim to provide confirmation of the initial caller's scam posing as a local Police Officer.

The RCMP wants to make the public aware of this situation and to advise you to never provide personal details over the phone without confirming who the caller is. Should you receive a call that you are unsure of the best way to prevent becoming the victim of a crime is to ask the caller their name, agency they work for, a call back number, and then do your own research. Check the phonebook or internet for the agency the caller claimed to work phone and then call that number.



SCAM ALERT Using Our 1-800 Number


We have just been made aware that individuals are calling asking for Social Insurance Numbers and warrants for arrests have been issued. The phone number displayed comes up our 1-800 number. This is the Revenue Canada Scam but they are somehow spoofing our 1-800 number for Crime Stoppers.


If you call 1-800-222-8477 you will speak to Crime Stoppers staff and not a SCAMMER.

If you have received one of these calls, please contact the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online at




CRA Scam

The public's assistance is requested in combatting this by reporting directly to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC). 

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre ( or 1-888-495-8501).

Nationally the RCMP and the CAFC have been working with International Law Enforcement partners to disrupt and dismantle the illegal call centre network in India, which is responsible for perpetrating the CRA tax scam and other mass marketing related scams. The results of these combined law enforcement efforts from September of 2018 to January of 2019 include the takedown of approximately 40 call centres and the arrests of over 60 individuals, who are now facing prosecution in India. The scam is being committed by organized crime groups operating out of multiple locations throughout India.

The RCMP are continuing to develop leads and information on the locations of these illegal call centres for enforcement purposes, in an effort to dismantle and disrupt these types of mass marketing schemes.

The RCMP offers the following tips to help the public avoid the CRA tax scam:

The CRA will not call and threaten you to pay a tax debt;
The CRA will not call, leave a voice message, text or email you advising of a warrant of arrest for a tax debt;
The CRA will not request that you pay a tax debt through the use of crypto currencies such as Bitcoin or gift cards, or money transfers;
The CRA will not have you deported if you do not pay an owed tax debt;

Report suspected fraud. If you suspect a CRA tax scam, STOP! HANG UP THE PHONE!

REPORTING......   If you believe you are a victim or if you have information in relation to those responsible for committing or helping those committing the CRA tax scam, please report it to Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre ( or 1-888-495-8501).



STARS Lottery Scam

Battlefords RCMP have been receiving complaints about STARS lottery scams where the callers are claiming to represent STARS Air Ambulance and telling people that they have won new vehicles, as well as cash prizes ranging from $30,000.00 to $175,000.00.  Everyone dreams of winning a big lottery prize.  Unfortunately the Fraudster are known to take advantage of this and will attempt to manipulate people by falsely claiming they have won an extravagant prize and asking them to send payment in order to claim their prize. 

To protect yourself, always keep these points in mind:

You will never be asked to send money to claim any lottery prize. If you are being asked to send a cheque, money order, or payment of any kind to claim your lottery prize, it is a scam. Hang up the phone or delete the email.
You can check with STARS directly to verify if you are a winner. You are able to check the official lottery winners list on their website or contact them to confirm if you have won a prize. Always use the official number and website, and not the ones a Fraudster may provide. In Saskatchewan you can call 1-855-449-2444, or email [email protected] to see if you have actually won a prize, you can also visit http://  to check the list of official prize winners.
If you receive a scam lottery call, do not under any circumstances provide personal details, or send any money. Please hang up, record the number calling, then advise your local police department or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501, or visit their website at http://www.antifraudcentre- 
Anyone with information about this or any other crimes are asked to call Battlefords RCMP at (306) 446-1720. If you prefer to remain anonymous please call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers with your information at 1-800-222-8477. Crimes Stoppers will pay up to $2000.00 for information which leads to the arrest of person(s) responsible for any serious crime. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display, nor are your calls traced or recorded. You can also submit a tip online



Fraudulent Emails and Phone Calls

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).



Revenue Canada Email Scam

Humboldt RCMP are warning the public about a new scam involving the Canada Revenue Agency. In this scam, an email is received advising that you have an Interact e-transfer from the CRA with a tax refund. This email appears legitimate and there is usually a short time frame to accept the money transfer.  By accepting the transfer you are allowing other people to access your computer and on-line banking information. DO NOT accept the e-transfer. CRA does not send out e-transfers.  CRA only handles refunds by either depositing the funds directly into you bank account or a cheque is mailed to you.
For information on how to protect yourself against fraud, including how to recognize a scam and examples of fraudulent communications, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website: scrty/frdprvntn/menu-eng.html


Other Resources:


Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at 1-888-654-9426.

SeniorBusters Program at 1-888-495-8501 toll free, anywhere in North America