Don't fall for email or telephone frauds

White Rock, Fraud Unit

2023-11-02 15:22 PDT

White Rock RCMP are warning the public about a recent increase in believable telephone and internet scams that are victimizing local residents. The phone calls and emails have come in many different ways, with the suspects saying they are from a Visa credit card company, Amazon or your bank.

If you receive a call or email do not give out any personal information to whoever you are speaking to. They may seem legitimate, however; if they are truly who they say they are, they have all your personal information already. Your bank, credit card and online accounts that you have set up already have your information.

You will never be asked to be part of a sting to help a bank capture suspects, (that’s the job of trained police investigators).

You will never need to send crypto currency or Apple/I-tune gift cards EVER to help in our investigations. Police would never make any such request.

If you are unsure if the phone call or email is legitimate, hang up and attend your bank in person and verify if they were trying to get hold of you.

Amazon will never send you an unsolicited message that asks you to provide information or make a payment outside of their website. Amazon security information can be found here.

Do not be afraid to say no and hang up. Do not provide information via emails. If you are unsure of whether you have received a fraudulent email, contact White Rock RCMP who will verify with you whether or not it is a fraud.

If you have been a victim of a fraud and have sent money/gift cards, do not be embarrassed! Contact your local police department and make a report. In White Rock call 778-545-4800.

For information on fraud workshops White Rock RCMP are offering in the month of November contact Romy Devries at 778-545-4788.

Released by

Cst. Chantal Sears

Media Relation Officer
White Rock RCMP
15299 Pacific Ave. White Rock BC V4B 1R1
Office: 778-545-4788
Fax: 778-545-5192

Email: chantal.sears@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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