RCMP in Moncton and the surrounding area are warning the public about a case of fraud that appears to be aimed at seniors. On July 18, the police received three similar fraud complaints targeting elderly people over the telephone. In one case, a victim was defrauded of more than $5,000 and two other victims were targeted but did not provide money to the fraudster.
"In one of the cases, the victim received a phone call claiming that a family member had been in an accident. The other calls were similar," says Cst. Damien Thériault of the Codiac Regional RCMP. "The caller said the family member needed money urgently because the accident wasn't covered by insurance. The victim was asked to go buy a pre-paid Visa card and give the caller the card number and CSV code."
Police are warning people, especially seniors, to check the facts before sending money anywhere, no matter how urgent the situation may seem. A call to another family member can confirm or disprove the information.
Anyone with information on this particular telephone fraud scam is asked to contact the Codiac RCMP at 506-857-2400 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers either online at www.crimenb.ca or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). If your information leads to an arrest, you could qualify for a cash award of up to $2,000.
For more information on fraud scams, prevention and reporting, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website.