Nanaimo RCMP are warning the public about a telephone scam in which the caller claims to be an RCMP officer. They claim to be calling to collect on back taxes or income taxes. In some cases, the RCMP National Headquarters General Inquiry’s line 613-993-7267 or other phone numbers linked to the RCMP will show on your call display.
On Monday April 7th, a woman in Nanaimo reported receiving three suspicious voice messages over a two week period, from a male claiming to be an RCMP officer. The man said he was calling from B Division (Newfoundland) and was following up on harassment claims made by the victim’s husband.
The woman checked with her husband and he did not make any such claims. The woman entered the phone number into Google search engine and saw that the number 1-647-800-2761 is associated with a national telephone scam. A Google search shows this number associated with callers attempting to swindle money out of persons by having them believe the caller is a police officer.
“RCMP officers may, if necessary, call your home to follow up on an incident. If they do, you can expect they will always identify themselves. They will also be able to provide a case number or some information on why they are calling. If they are not forthcoming with this information or you are not convinced the caller is a police officer, please call the local Detachment to confirm their identity “ says Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
If you are the victim of a scam or an attempted scam , you can report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online.