Osoyoos RCMP are warning residents of two phone and Internet scams again making the rounds.
“Over the last week the Osoyoos RCMP received multiple reports of phone and computer scams,” said Sgt. Jason Bayda, the detachment’s commander.
“One scam which has become common during tax season centers around the victim being told they have a debt owed to a government agency and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. A second scam . . . involves a phone call to a person advising them their loved one has been arrested and in order for them to be released, bail in a given amount must be paid.”
People are reminded that bail can be paid at your local court house and in most cases your local police station. Again, if in doubt, call the police detachment directly for where the loved one is said to be held.
In both cases, the victims are often asked for personal information and either provided avenues of how to pay or advised to go to a bank to make a deposit to an account.
In one recent call the fraudster used a phone spoofing app and called a victim making it appear the call was from their relative’s phone, making the scam even more believable.
“People are reminded to not provide any personal information and to not send money to these fraudsters. If in doubt, call the police or the government agency directly,” said Sgt. Bayda.