RCMP prevent $10,000 loss to phone scam

Montague, New Brunswick – An attempt to defraud a Montague woman of $10-thousand dollars has been disrupted by the PEI RCMP.

On September 10, 2021, a woman received a call from an individual claiming to be a police officer investigating fraud who asked her to withdraw money from her bank and mail it to an address in another province. The woman complied, but contacted police immediately afterwards. The Montague RCMP was able to intercept the shipment, and returned the money to the rightful owner.

“Police will never ask people to engage in these kinds of activities in support of investigations, especially over the phone,” says Sgt. Leanne Butler of the Kings District RCMP. “If you are ever approached like this, please hang up and contact your local police. Please have conversations with your family and loved ones about how to protect themselves from scams.”


You can help your loves ones by sharing the following tips and information:

If you receive one of these calls, do not provide confidential personal or financial information over the phone or online.

Instead, call the company or institution in question using a phone number from a reputable source – not one provided by the suspected fraudster – so you can verify whether the request is real and what you need to do.

“If you believe a fraudster is calling you, hang up the phone immediately. It’s not rude, and could help protect you,” says Butler. “Report the call to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. If you have been a victim of fraud, contact your local police and your financial institution.”

For further information on the types of frauds and scams that are currently circulating, and on how to best protect yourself, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

Kings District RCMP

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