North Okanagan RCMP were alerted to the incident by an Enderby resident who told police on Thursday he received a phone call earlier today from someone claiming to be a bank manager.
The scammer told the victim that their account had been compromised and convinced them to log in to restore security settings. The thief then persuaded the victim to buy more than $ 3,000 in Google Play cards.
At the end of the call, the victim realized she had been scammed and contacted her bank and the police.
“Unfortunately, crooks and fraudsters continue to target seniors in our community,” said RCMP spokesperson Const. Chris Terleski said in a press release. “We encourage anyone with elderly family members to discuss how to recognize a scam and what they can do to stay safe and help them avoid falling victim to this type of fraud. “
Tips to protect yourself:
- If you haven’t made the call, you don’t know who you’re talking to
- No matter who you think you are calling, never give out personal information over the phone
- Never pay debt with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, prepaid credit cards, or gift cards from retailers like iTunes, Amazon or others
- If someone allegedly contacts you from a business, hang up and contact the business yourself to verify the information.