Kimberley RCMP warn of scam
Kimberley RCMP is warning residents of a phone scammer who pretends to be a Kimberley police officer with the caller ID to prove it.
The detachment has recently received a complaint from a citizen who has received a call from a person who claimed they were an officer with the RCMP Financial Crimes Division. The officer provided a name and badge number and indicated there was potential charges. The subject was skeptical, but then received a follow up call from the Kimberley RCMP.
The “officers” had the subject move money into a “secure account” while they conducted the investigation. “That money is now gone,” reported Sgt. Chris Newel, Kimberley RCMP Detachment commander.
“These scam phone calls are often convincing because the caller ID says 250-427-4811, which is the phone number for the Kimberley RCMP,” stated Sgt. Newel. “Everyone should be aware that the police will not ask you to move money around or provide financial information.”
Sgt. Newel asks that this information be shared. It is important to tell family members who may not have heard about this scam.
“The more people who know about this scam, the better.”
If you suspect that you have been contacted by a scammer, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, 1-888-495-8501 or online at CAFC Fraud Reporting.
The Anti-Fraud Centre website has valuable information on various scams. They also provide ways to avoid scams and how to report and deal with them if it does happen to you.