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RCMP Alberta Media Relations 2015/03/19 4:06 PM >>>
Recent Scams for St. Albert
From January 1, 2015 to March 19, 2015, St Albert RCMP received 27 reports of Fraud being committed on city residents. Although most of the types of scams are not new, fraud crimes are still happening and fraud artists are still profiting from tricking people out of their money.
During these past 3 months, the following scams are some of the ones reported to the St. Albert RCMP:
· A fraudulent cell phone account was set up under a St. Albert man’s identity
· A St. Albert business had a customer make a fraudulent computer order. The business cancelled the order when they found information that led them to believe the order would be paid for with a stolen credit card
Credit cards were compromised in 4 occasions. In one case, several on –line purchases were made overseas for a total exceeding $2000. In another case, 5 or 6 fraudulent transactions were made on a credit card at a local pub. In the third case, a resident received a call from a fraudster saying that she had been charged an amount on her credit card in error and the caller asked for her credit card number so she could be reimbursed. The resident provided her number and when she realized her mistake, she cancelled her card. In the 4th case, a credit card that was stolen from an unlocked car had $140 fraudulent charges made on it in the St. Albert/ Edmonton area using the “tap to pay” feature.
· 2 reports of Bank Accounts being compromised were received. In both of these cases the Bank Fraud departments alerted the customer of the problem and the customer was protected from financial loss. In one case, someone applied for a credit card under a customer’s name and attempted identity theft. In this case, the fraudster took a cash advance on the credit card and then transferred the money to another account. In the 2nd case, someone tried to apply for a credit card in a customer’s name, but the customer had already alerted the bank that he was a victim of identity theft so the card was not issued. The Bank let the customer know of the incident.
A business person paid money to rent a booth at a vendor event in Edmonton and paid money through an e-transfer. Subsequently the small business owner discovered that the hall being “rented” did not exist and the rental money had been scammed.
· A person was defrauded over a $1000 when he was selling items on-line. The purchaser/ fraudster requested that the resident send him a money gram to pay for the shipping costs, but in fact the fraudster was just scamming him out of his money.
· A resident contacted an ad for a job as a mystery shopper and provided them with her name, address and other personal information. She then received 2 cheques to deposit and was advised by the bank that the cheques were stolen. A second report was received from a resident who received a cheque from a “silent shopper” program for over $3000. Again, this scam tries to get the resident to deposit the cheque and send the program back a portion of the money. When the cheque would clear the bank, it would be found to be fraudulent and the resident would be scammed out of a lot of money. Luckily, this resident called the company name on the cheque and learned that they have had their identity stolen and had not issued the cheque.
· A resident received a call from a person calling himself a “Microsoft expert”. The caller requested the resident’s credit card number and information to fix the computer. Of course this person does not represent Microsoft at all.
· 2 reports were about fraudulent cheques that were sent to residents with the name of prestigious universities on them. The cheques were sent as payment for items being sold and both cheques were made out for about $2000. Again, the fraudsters sending the cheque asked the residents to cash the cheques and send them back the extra money. Both of these residents felt that something was not right about the request and contacted the police instead of putting the cheques in their bank accounts.
· Another resident received a call that someone was attempting to cash a cheque in his name at a money mart. This resident had been the victim of a locker theft and had his personal identification stolen. He was now the victim of identity theft as someone was now writing cheques in his name and attempting to cash them. This would ruin his credit rating.
· 2 other scams that were reported had residents sending large sums of money overseas. One resident had been receiving calls from Jamaica saying that she had won money there and she had to send money to pay fees to process her winnings. A second resident was asked to send money to the Philippines as this resident has won money there and needed to pay taxes in order to receive the winnings. Each of these people was asked to send over $1000 to the scammer. One resident sent the money, while the other resident listened to their instincts and contacted the police instead.
March is Fraud Awareness Month. Keep yourself and your family educated about frauds and common scams by visiting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t!
Cpl. Laurel KADING, M.O.M.
Crime Prevention/Victim Services, Community Policing
Prevention Criminelle /assistance aux victimes
96 Bellerose Drive, St. Albert, AB T8N 7A4
780 418 - 6684 Office / 780 459 - 8846 Fax
780 868 - 5157 Cell
On January 6th, 2015 one of our Directors was called at home in the evening.
The caller did not identify himself, but told the director that he has won $750,000.00 in the 6/49 lottery and that the caller has a Cashier’s Cheque to be delivered to him.
Our director did not believe him, but acted surprised at which time the caller asked if he was excited about that. So the director played along, but DID NOT reveal any personal information.
The caller then asked if he had $150.00 available as this was needed to deliver the cashier’s cheque. The caller was asked for his name and who he was with, where upon the caller replied “I am Mr. Anderson with the 6/49 lottery office”
The director asked him to call back in twenty minutes so the he could find out if he had the requested cash.
No call was received that evening, but on January 26 he received another call from the same Mr. Anderson and now the winning was $1,250,000. The director asked for his telephone number, but the caller said it was shown on the telephone display. When the caller was told it says Private name and Private number.and that this scam would be reported to the RCMP, the caller suddenly hung up.
The local RCMP informs that they can not do anything in this situation, since no personal information was given to the caller. But this should be reported to the Cananian Anti Fraud Centre at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/english/index.html
The CAFC website offers a lot of information regarding scams and frauds