On July 2, 2020, Thompson RCMP was notified that the detachment's phone number was "spoofed" and being used by a scammer to coerce a local resident into sending a large amount of money through the mail.
Spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Scammers often use neighbor spoofing so it appears that an incoming call is coming from a local number, or spoof a number from a company or a government agency that you may already know and trust. If you answer, they use scam scripts to try to steal your money or valuable personal information, which can be used in fraudulent activity.
In this instance, the scammer claimed to be from the CRA, and told the victim his SIN number had been compromised and there was now a warrant for his arrest from Thompson RCMP. The scammer then called back and spoofed Thompson's RCMP phone number and identified himself as an RCMP officer. The scammer told the victim in order to avoid arrest, he would have to send a large amount of money through the mail.
The victim was told to wrap the package to look like a birthday present and to send it in the mail. Thankfully a family member of the victim noticed something was off, and questioned the victim. The victim explained what had occurred and the family member recognized that this was a scam. They were able to stop the parcel from being sent and reported everything to the RCMP.
The RCMP and all Government agencies, including Service Canada, will never call asking for, or demanding money for any reason. If you should receive a call such as this, hang up the phone and call the police back yourself using publically-accessible contact details.
Anyone who receives these types of calls or believes they may have been the victim of fraud, is asked to contact their local detachment or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.
For more tips and information regarding current scams and how to protect yourself visit The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) website.