A local woman is out $12,000 after falling victim to an elaborate telephone scam. Here’s the RCMP report:
The Kamloops RCMP received a complaint on Dec. 14, 2020 from a victim who claims to have lost $12,000 to an elaborate telephone scam.
The victim indicated that she was contacted by someone claiming to be from a major credit card company’s head office who requested her help in catching bank employees who were giving out personal information. They also told her she was under investigation for fraud if she had any involvement.
She spoke to several different people who claimed to be from the credit card company and she was advised not to call her bank because they may be in on it. The caller went on to indicate that they were working with the police and she was then provided a verification code and told she would receive a call from a local bank soon.
A short time later she received a call from a man claiming to be a manager from one of the big banks and he asked for the verification code. Once the code was given the caller was able to provide her with details of a purchase she made recently on her credit card and he asked for some personal banking verification questions.
The alleged bank representative then asked her to purchase several gift cards on her credit card and she complied with this request. The man then requested that she read the gift card numbers to him.
After the call concluded and questioning this process she tried to call the telephone number she was provide and each time she received an answering machine message which stated it was the credit cards head office.
“Some of these scams appear to be very legitimate and are very detailed to make you believe they are real when in fact they are not,” said Sgt Darren Michels of the Kamloops RCMP.
“If you are ever in doubt, hang up and call your local bank at the publicly posted number or personally attend the bank. Never provide personal banking information or passwords with anyone over the phone.”
There are many different types of telephone frauds out there and several new ones with a COVID-19 flavour, for a list of the common scams visit the Government of Canada Anti Fraud Website at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca .
“If you have been a victim of such a scam we encourage you to please report it to your local detachment so that we can let others in your community know to be aware.”