RCMP NL warns of phone scams where fraudster pretends to be police

September 16, 2020
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

News release

RCMP NL is warning the public of continued phone scams happening across the province. Scammers are now identifying themselves as police officers and, in some cases, even providing a name of a police officer as a form of intimidation.

Some scammers state that they are calling from the "National Fraud Centre" and inform their victims that their social insurance numbers (SINs) have been compromised. Victims are told they will receive a call from local police and are given a name for the officer who will call. The victims then receive a separate call from a scammer who identifies as the local police officer named in the previous call. The person impersonating a police officer demands the victims' SINs, advising the information is required in order to start a fraud investigation.

RCMP NL assures the public that police are not arresting people for unpaid taxes, overdue credit card balances or similar issues. RCMP NL would also never demand that anyone provide their social insurance numbers or credit card information.

These scammers seem to be targeting the elderly, in particular, instilling fear in them to comply. If you know anyone who may be vulnerable to such a scam, please speak to them and encourage them to never provide anyone with such protected information over the phone.

If you are the victim of a fraud, please contact your local police detachment. To report phone scams, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

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Contact information

Corporal Jolene Garland
Media Relations Officer RCMP NL
709-772-6170

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