Scam uses police number

Vernon RCMP warn their phone number is being used by scammers.

Police warn the scam has been circulating recently in the North Okanagan.

Police “have received reports fraudsters are impersonating police officers, attempting to lure unsuspecting callers into providing personal, confidential information and in some cases, large sums of money,” says spokesperson Const. Chris Terleski.

“What is particularly concerning in these recent reports, and makes the fraud even more convincing, is the phone number is being spoofed or altered to display a trusted phone number, in this case, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP’s non-emergency line. Residents are being tricked into thinking they are receiving a call from the RCMP, which is not the case.”

Terleski says the RCMP will never request monetary payments, or ask for personal information such as social insurance numbers, bank or credit card…

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