Lunenburg County RCMP warn of realisitic telephone scam that plays off peoples' emotions
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Lunenburg County RCMP warn of a realisitic telephone scam that plays off peoples' emotions in a press release issued to media Friday afternoon. Anyone with information concerning this incident is urged to contact the Lunenburg RCMP or, if they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers anytime at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
LILYDALE-The Lunenburg County RCMP are warning residents of a recent scam circling the County known as "The Emergency Scam in a press release issued on Friday afternoon.
In the past couple weeks, many residents in the County have been receiving phone calls from people who are pretending to be friends or family members and are asking for money. The 'Emergency Scam' plays off peoples' emotions and their strong desire to help others in need.
Scammers are impersonating a friend or a family member and are pretending to be a victim of urgent situations. Scammers might say something like "I've been in an accident," " I've been mugged," or "I'm in the hospital. Please send money." Scammers then target those friends and family members with urgent pleas for money.
Scammers are hacking into social networking accounts such as Facebook or e-mail, using the information supplied in these types of accounts to supply the person on the other end of the phone with enough personal details to make their requests for money appear legitimate. In order to receive these funds, these scammers are asking for deposits into a Western Union account. By the time the victim has realizes that they have been scammed, the scammer is long gone and there is no realistic chance of recovering the lost money.
The Lunenburg RCMP are urging people not to give money in these sorts of situations.
Anyone with information concerning this incident is urged to contact the Lunenburg RCMP or, if they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers anytime at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped, nor are they traced. If police make an arrest and lay charges based on the tip, callers who phone in said tip qualify for a monetary award ranging from $50 to $2,000. Tipsters can also submit secure tips online at www.crimestoppers.ca