Cranbrook RCMP is warning the public about a new scamming tactic after a local senior was defrauded out of a "large amount of money."
Cranbrook RCMP is warning the public about a new scamming tactic after a local was defrauded out of a "large amount of money."
According to police, a local senior was called by a fraudster who pretended to be a bank employee.
She told RCMP that they were convinced that their credit card had been compromised and that she needed to call the number on the back of the card to speak with the fraud department.
"The victim hung up the phone, picked it back up, heard a dial tone, and dialled the bank," explains Cranbrook RCMP, "However, the suspects never disconnected the line and it is believed they played a recording of a dial tone before answering and pretending to be a bank representative."
After a series of phone calls back and forth, the victim was convinced to transfer large amounts of money to specific accounts or addresses overseas.
Constable Katie Forgeron from the Cranbrook detachment says the Vancouver Police Department is also investigating this same offence, as more than $3.1-million has been taken from seniors so far. Around $2.5-million has been recovered.
“These fraudsters are using scare tactics in order to gain the trust of their victims. A representative from the bank is not going to tell you to keep their phone calls private. Please tell someone if you are being harassed and asked for large sums of money”, says Forgeron.
Cranbrook RCMP believes there may be initial victims who have not yet come forward.
Forgeron is asking them to call Cranbrook RCMP at 250-489-3471. This article is from Summit 107. It can be found at http://www.summit107.com/news/east-kootenay-news/rcmp-cranbrook-senior-a-victim-in-larger-fraud-scheme/