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SaskPower Advisory – Texting scam

Saskatchewan RCMP and SaskPower are advising the public of an apparent “phishing” scam being delivered via text message.

The message advises people that they have received a payment or refund from SaskPower and provides a link where they are asked to provide personal/banking information.

SaskPower advises that they never request banking information via text or other electronic means.

Saskatchewan RCMP wants to remind the public never to provide personal or financial information in response to any electronic communication advising of a supposed windfall. Always ensure you only provide such information to a trusted source in a secure manner.

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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:// 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 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 atwww.saskcrimestoppers.com.

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SaskPower warning province about scammers calling customers

SaskPower is warning that scammers are targeting people in the province, threatening to cut off service if a payment is not immediately made on the spot.

The Crown corporation says it doesn't operate in such a manner, nor does it accept payments such as Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.

SaskPower says if an account is overdue, a payment plan can be arranged.

If someone calls you about your SaskPower account, do not give them any information. Instead, hang up and call SaskPower's customer service line at 1-888-757-6937.

You're also asked to consider reporting the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

SaskPower says it is working with authorities in an investigation into the matter.

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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 [email protected] 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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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