Scammers still targeting seniors by phone

Raissa Tetanish
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MALAGASH - In the last few days, two seniors in Malagash have been targeted by phone scammers.

Cumberland RCMP Const. Dal Hutchinson said the two calls, one of which occurred late last week, are part of a series of incidents in other places.

"The numbers the scams have traced back to link to a number of files across Canada," said Hutchinson. "The scams are all attempts to solicit money or access to computers."

The two most recent local attempts have been made both an elderly male and female.

"In the first incident, the elderly gentleman caught on quickly and called us, which is good for him," said Hutchinson.

In that case, the caller was attempting to solicit donations for the RCMP.

The man became suspicious and notified the local RCMP detachment.

Hutchinson said the RCMP doesn't conduct telephone solicitations for financial donations.

In the second case, the caller said they were representing an Internet company and could improve the woman's computer's ability to function through remote access. The cost would be $177.

"The lady did give her credit card information, however it had been long expired," Hutchinson said.

"The callers try to take advantage of the elderly."

If anyone receives a call they believe is a scam, they should call Phone Busters at 1-888-495-8501 or their local police agency.

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: MALAGASH, Canada

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