2013-04-30 - On Tuesday April 30, 2013 at 2:45 P.M. Revelstoke RCMP received a complaint with respect to an unknown female calling the complainant, requesting a large sum of money to pay for their Grandson who was injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Although this is not the case, the unknown female is hoping to convince the complainant to send cash by way of money transfer and therefore defraud the complainant.
Typically these types of caller(s) prey on Seniors and target areas where they know there is access to a local money transfer type of business.
RCMP are encouraging the public to use diligence when requested to send cash and or cheques as well as money orders. The caller is hoping you will send the cash immediately and will try their best to convince you that it is urgent..
RCMP cannot stress enough that you should not wire money to a stranger and some of the ways to avoid money transfer scams are; anyone who insists payment be made by a transfer, someone advertising an apartment or vacation rental online, an online love interest asking for money, and as mentioned, someone claiming to be a relative in desperate need of money by saying their in an accident, need to be bailed out of jail and generally their in some form of trouble and do not want the rest of the family to know about it.
If you have not lost any money and have not provided personal or financial information (relating to fraud or scam), and you simply want to inform the appropriate organizations, report it to the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre <http://www.antifraudcentre.ca> or by calling 1-888-495-8501. Also, please visit the RCMP website at, www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca for more information on these types of frauds.
If you or anybody you know has any information with respect to this incident or similar incident(s), please contact the Revelstoke RCMP at, 250-837-5255 or Crime Stoppers at, 1800-222-8477 or visit their website at, www.canadiancrimestoppers.org. Remember callers do not have to reveal their identity and pay cash rewards for information which may lead to their arrest.
Anyone with information on this offense, please contact the Revelstoke RCMP detachment at 250.837-5255, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.