Hanna RCMP are warning area residents of another emerging fraud.
In this new scheme, suspects call the potential victim and identify themselves as representatives of a company. In the most recent case, the suspect identified themselves as being a representative of Telus.
The suspect then starts requesting information from the potential victim such as driver’s license information. The phone call eventually results in the suspect asking for financial information (credit card). In the most recent case the potential victim became suspicious at this point and ended the call. This was the wise thing to do.
If anyone contacts you, where you have not initiated the call or transaction, and they begin asking for any personal information, do not give them the information until you have verified the legitimacy of the call.
Tell the person you are going to verify they are from the company they claim to be from. Look up the company’s number and start checking.
Ask your local police, a family member or friend, or your bank. This simple step can prevent you from becoming a victim. If the caller puts pressure on you to not call anyone under any circumstances, it is a fraud.