Police warning of ‘emergency scam’

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AMHERST – Cumberland RCMP is warning the public of a scam circulating in the area.

Const. Travise Dow said RCMP in Amherst were notified on July 25 of a scam in which a local resident received a call from someone saying that her grandson had been arrested. The scammer was asking for money to be sent, but the resident was wise to the scam and asked good questions without providing any personal information.

The scammer quickly realized they were not getting anywhere and quickly hung up the phone.

Dow said the scam, also known as the emergency scam, has been around for years.

He said there are a number of questions recipients can ask including who is calling, where are they calling from and what number they can be reached at?

In order to help police, dial *69 to retrieve the last number, *67 to block a number or *57 to trace a number. Call trace should only be used when legal action may be needed.

For further information, call police or go to phonebusters online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or call 1-888-495-8501.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: AMHERST

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