Over the last month, Saskatoon RCMP has received multiple reports of phone scams where individuals falsely identify themselves as a member of the RCMP requesting money.
Saskatoon RCMP reminds the public to be vigilant when receiving unsolicited text messages or phone calls, even if the caller identifies as being a police officer.
Saskatchewan RCMP will never call members of the public to demand money or request any form of payment over the phone.
Saskatoon RCMP encourages the public to take the following steps to prevent any future occurrences:
- Never provide personal or sensitive information to the requestor and never send money even if the message sounds urgent.
- If you feel like this is a scam or an unsolicited call, ask questions (e.g. Who are you? What are you calling for? Why are you requesting this? Where are you calling from?) and document the responses.
- Police work relies heavily on intelligence-led policing to identify trends, such as these phone scams. This is why it is important to report all crimes in your area to your local police of jurisdiction as soon as possible. This information helps us identify crime trends and assist any potential victims of these crimes.
- If you or a family member have been contacted by a scammer, report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre — even if you didn't give them any money (antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/report-signalez-eng.htm or 1-888-495-8501).
- If you or a family member did lose money as a result of fraud, please contact your local police as well as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/report-signalez-eng.htm or 1-888-495-8501).
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