File 2020-2467 – Fraud
Prince Albert Police are warning the public about a recent computer scam in which a local resident of the community was defrauded of just over $17,000 in personal funds.
The resident was contacted earlier this month by someone she thought was from her local bank. The caller stated they had detected two suspicious transactions in the woman’s bank records, and asked her to help them track and catch the persons responsible. The woman agreed and gave the scammers access to her computer via an online software viewing program.
The woman received numerous phone calls from the scammers, and complied with a request to transfer $15,000. She also agreed to purchase several Google Play cards and passed the validation codes on to the scammers as well.
The public is reminded to never send money or gift cards to an unknown person or location without first confirming the validity of the transaction and the details of the recipient. In situations where you think your bank accounts, credit cards or other identification may be comprised, residents are advised to hang up and contact their local bank directly, or police.
For more information about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from scams, please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online, or call 1-888-495-8501.
If you suspect you or a loved one has been the victim of a fraud, please contact the Prince Albert Police Service at 306-953-4222, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.