Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops RCMP Detachment is warning residents about COVID-19 scams circulating throughout the province.
Although the Kamloops RCMP Detachment has not received any reports of COVID-19 scams yet, scammers have contacted British Columbians by phone or email to offer vaccinations, cures, tests and sanitizer.
“We want to make sure that if someone here is targeted, they have the tools in place to know how to deal with it,” said Corporal Dana Napier of the Kamloops RCMP Crime Prevention Unit.
Vaccines are not for sale and cannot be purchased online or by telephone. The only way to access safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is through clinics organized or endorsed by your local public health authority.
If someone calls or emails you claiming to be a public health employee and looking to confirm a health card number, credit card number, or any other personal information, do not provide it to them. Contact the agency at a number you know is legit, not one provided by the potential scammer.
“Hang up on phone calls, delete emails you do not recognize, and do not click on any links within the email,” said Cpl. Napier. “Never give out personal information.”
Below are more tips on how to protect yourself.
Find the latest legitimate information:
– Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (BC Centre for Disease Control)
– Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak (World Health Organization)
Contact your insurance provider to answer any health insurance questions
Beware of high-priced or low-quality products
Beware of unsolicited medical advisory emails or texts with links or attachments
Fraudsters may use spoofing, which means they make it look as if the origin of the email or text is legitimate by using identifying information similar to government and health care organizations
Beware of unauthorized or fraudulent charities requesting money for victims or research
– Don’t be pressured into making a donation
– Verify that a charity is registered
If you have lost money or valuables, or provided your personal information, contact your local police and the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre.
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