Police warn residents of predatory phone scams

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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The Prince Albert Police Service is warning residents to beware of predatory phone scammers after receiving numerous reports from targeted individuals.

The scammers typically make offers such as extended credit and low interest rates on current credit cards or large amounts of Air Miles.

One scam involves the caller claiming to be a relative who has been in an accident and stranded somewhere with no funds, then requesting that the target send money.

Scammers often target the elderly, who tend to be more vulnerable to such calls.

Police remind residents to protect themselves against becoming the victim of a scam by not providing personal or credit card information over the phone and making sure the caller is who they claim to be, as well as passing on this information to those they believe may be vulnerable.

Anyone who suspects they have been the target of an attempted fraud should contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. Those who have already become the victim of fraud should contact local police.

Organizations: Prince Albert Police Service, Air Miles, Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

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  • celine
    December 12, 2013 - 10:26

    They're the same scam I read from the complaints posted at http://www.callercenter.com, that actually included the scammer's phone number. Can the authorities look into the complaints and catch the callers?