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POLICE – ‘Multiple’ reports of fraudsters asking for legal fees, bail money

Kamloops RCMP said today (Dec. 28, 2022) they’ve received multiple recent reports of fraud.

Scammers are posing as either legal counsel or friends of victim’s family members, who claim they need money to pay for bail or legal fees.

“While scam phone calls have unfortunately become very common, the crimes committed today are particularity concerning as the offenders are attempting to make arrangements to meet with the victims personally,” said Sgt. Kevin McIntyre.

“We would like public to understand the bail process in Canada is very different than what is portrayed in American television, which would never involve meeting a stranger in a parking lot or restaurant.

“It is important to never give out personal information or your home address.” he said.

The Law Society of British Columbia maintains a lawyer directory to confirm active lawyers in the province, and the Kamloops RCMP can assist anyone who may be concerned their loved one has been taken into custody, said McIntyre.

Kamloops RCMP General Investigation Support Team, Crime Reduction Unit and front line officers are actively investigating the offences, and anyone with information is asked to call the Kamloops RCMP non-emergency line at 250-828-3000.

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