Beware of scam artists

Trail RCMP have been getting multiple reports about suspicious phone calls received in the community.

  • Oct. 10, 2013 8:00 a.m.

Trail RCMP have been getting multiple reports about suspicious phone calls received in the community.

The calls are started off by a person claiming to be a family relative who is in trouble with the law and needs money to get bailed out of jail. In one instance the Trail resident was suspicious and did not provide any banking information and called the police to confirm or deny if their family member was actually in trouble or not. A request for credit card numbers or banking information in this manner is a common scheme and that type of information should not be given out.

Police have also been attending calls for service where a suspicious male has attended homes of residents offering manual labour for cash. The male either offers to do odd jobs for some cash or simply asks for money with a story about needing money for auto repairs or needing to care for a child. It has been the experience of the police that the male reported to be saying this is not telling the truth and is creating the story to gain sympathy from the people he is approaching.  In the past there have been people approaching residents,   one person speaks  with the home owner to distract them  while the other enters the home to steal whatever cash/wallet is readily available.

We live in a tight knit community where people care for and about each other, there just needs to be care used when exposing yourself or your information to strangers.

Police would like everyone to be mindful of these types of situations and to be careful when providing personal information to anyone over the phone or allowing strangers access to your home.

If you feel that you are being targeted or see something suspicious please contact the Trail RCMP.

Corporal Dave JohnsonTrail and Greater District Detachment

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