February 18, 2016, Victoria County… Baddeck RCMP receive a new credit card scam complaint.
Baddeck RCMP would like to make the residents of Victoria County aware of a new credit card scam that might affect them. The scammers call saying they are from Verified by Visa and that your credit card has been used in a suspicious purchase. They will ask you to confirm the card number and expiry date to stop the charge. Do not give out this information, Visa will have all this information. Ask the caller to provide their name, call back information and what bank issued the card, if they will not provide this information hang up. When the scammer was asked what bank issued their card all the scammer could say was “Nova Scotia”, the card owner then hung up on them realizing it was a scam. In this case the caller ID showed a United States phone number.
If you have question please call the local RCMP Detachment or the toll free number on the back of your credit.
“The art is not in making money, but in keeping it.” – Proverb
Contact person, Cst Eric Latwaitis, Victoria County RCMP
Feburary 2, 2016, Victoria County… RCMP would like all residents to be aware of an internet scam involving Facebook.
Baddeck RCMP have recently received reports of residences getting Facebook requests from a friend asking for money to cover fees to claim prize money. The money can not be claimed until the fee is sent through a money sending service such as Western Union or Money Gram. This is a scam, the scammers have hacked a Facebook account and now has access to their friends and you were on that list. This type of hacking can be done without the legitimate owner even knowing it happened. The hacker might even create a fake Facebook account and send a friend request to you and start a chat to build your trust before asking for the money.
Remember to be suspicious if someone asks you to pay up front to receive something you won. If it is legitimate ask some questions and see if they have answers or try to avoid answering. If you are still suspicious or concerned please contact you local RCMP detachment before giving out any information or sending money to anyone
Money is too hard to earn, don’t make it easy for someone to take it away.
Contact person: Cst Eric Latwaitis Victoria County RCMP Cell: 902-294-0751
January 5, 2016, Victoria County… RCMP would like all residents to be aware of a current phone scam threatening people that the RCMP will arrest them for tax evasion.
Recently Victoria County residents have received a phone calls from a person identifying themselves as being with the Canada Revenue Agency and that the person unpaid taxes and if the money is not paid the RCMP will arrest them. The caller was a man who called himself John Parker and the number was 613-707-5856. This particular scam is very complex as a second caller will follow-up claiming to be an RCMP officer confirming that the person will be arrested. They will use a fake caller id that will show the local RCMP detachment phone number on a call display and may use the name of a local officer in the area as this information is available on the internet.
The person will threaten that you will be arrested, property seized and credit cards cancelled but, will offer payment plans to fix the problem. The payments are to be made through Western Union or Money Gram services.
RCMP are asking anyone who receives this call to hang up and contact local RCMP if they are concerned and to please remember the following advice:
1) Never sent money through Western Union or similar services unless you know exactly who the person is to receive it, companies do not do business this way and certainly not Revenue Canada.
2) Ask for contact information and call back number of the person who called you.
3) Speak with your local bank or credit union if concerned.
4) Don’t be intimated by aggressive or bullying on the phone and just hang up.
And remember you worked hard for your money don’t let someone steal it from you over the phone.