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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).

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Dramatic Increase in STARS Lottery Scams – Unity, Saskatchewan

Over the holiday season, the Unity RCMP have noted a significant increase in the number of lottery scams reported to police. Most notably, were calls from Scammers 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 Scammers 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 Scammer may provide. In Saskatchewan you can call 1-855-449-2444, or email info@stars.ca to see if you have actually won a prize, you can also visit http:// starslotterysaskatchewan.ca/  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- centreantifraude.ca/. 
Anyone with information about this or any other crimes are asked to call the Unity RCMP at (306) 228-6300, the Wilkie RCMP at (306) 843-3480 or the Macklin RCMP at (306) 753-2171. 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 at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

 

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FREQUENT ATTEMPTS AT TELEPHONE SCAMS IN THE WEYBURN/RADVILLE AREA

FREQUENT ATTEMPTS AT TELEPHONE SCAMS IN THE WEYBURN/RADVILLE AREA RECENTLY

Since the October 19th, 2017, numerous people have contacted the RCMP in Weyburn and Radville after receiving phone calls from an individual advising that they have won prizes related to a lottery in Saskatchewan in support of an emergency services organization in the province. These types of lotteries are held every year in our province.

The scam goes as follows:

·        A male caller will tell the intended victim that they have won a significant amount of money and a new car,

·        The most common amount of money mentioned is $45,000, but it could vary,

·        The most common brand of car mentioned is a Ford Explorer, but it could very,

·        The male caller will normally use a common English language name but has an Asian accent,

·        The intended victim will be told that the new car and a cheque will be delivered directly to their home,

·        The intended victim will be instructed to call a woman in North Dakota for further instructions, a name, address and phone number will be provided,

·        Upon contacting the woman, the intended victim will be instructed to wire money to pay for having the new vehicle towed to their residence. The most common amounts mentioned recently are $475 and/or $1,350. The intended victims are normally directed to the Post Office, or a financial institution to send the money.

These scammers are very well trained and will have an answer prepared for any question the intended victim might ask, they are very convincing. Many people have been victimized by these types of scams  in the past. The phone numbers that the scammers provide are computer generated and the calls are made over the internet. It is probable that these scammers are not located in Canada.

People in Saskatchewan who do win these types of lotteries are not charged money to claim their prizes.  Seniors have regularly been targeted and have historically been more susceptible to these types of frauds. Please talk to your family members.

If you receive a call like this and suspect it is a scam, please contact your local RCMP Detachment. You can also make a report to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by calling 1-888-495-8501.

 

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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: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ 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

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Revenue Canada Scam

On Thursday, April 21st, 2016, A business in the town of Maidstone was contacted by phone from a man who said he worked for the Canadian Revenue Agency. The man claimed that the business owed money and demanded payment.

The RCMP and Canada Revenue Agency want to remind Canadians to be aware of Phishing Scams.

The CRA will never request information from a taxpayer pertaining to a passport, health card, or driver’s license.

If you are a victim of a phone scam and have given out personal information, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at: info@antifraudcentre.ca

For information on scams, go to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Web page at: www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/scams-fraudes/phishing-eng.htm.

For more information about security of taxpayer information and other examples of fraudulent communications, go to www.cra.gc.ca/security.