New phone scam, police warn to BEWARE

RCMP offer tips to stay safe

In the last week, Rimbey RCMP responded to 44 calls for service. These files include, but are not limited to: three fraud complaints; one mischief investigation; four thefts from motor vehicle occurrences, two of which where licence plates were taken, one where tools were stolen from a locked vehicle, and another incident in which a purse was stolen.

There were also three impaired driving investigations, two during routine traffic stops that resulted in three-day suspensions for both drivers, and one which resulted in the driver under the “caution” threshold.

Another new phone scam is being reported recently. Victims get a call from someone pretending to be from Service Canada or another government agency, saying their social insurance number (SIN) has been blocked, compromised or suspended. The call might be one of the latest variations on caller ID spoofing—a scam in which fraudsters disguise the number seen of the ID display in order to trick victims into answering the phone and trusting the caller. Typically, the person on the line will ask for SIN and other personal info, such as date of birth, address and so on. Don’t do it!

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

Don’t trust call display. It may say ‘Police’ or ‘ABC’, but in reality, it is actually a scammer! If you get a call from a person saying they represent a company or government agency and asking for personal information, hang up and call the number on your account statement or on the company or government agency’s website to verify.

Never provide personal information such as your SIN, account numbers, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls.

If your social insurance number has also been stolen, contact Service Canada at 1-800-206-7218.

November’s crime prevention theme is “cybercrime”, Below are general safety tips plus tips for online shopping as we head into the Christmas season.

Key Messages:

• Use secure networks.

• Websites that use HTTPS are much more secure than HTTP.

• Use a strong password and change it often.

• Be wary of suspicious emails.

• Watch credit card statements for unknown charges.

• Don’t share passwords and don’t use the same password across multiple accounts.

• Never reply to calls, emails or texts that ask you to verify your information or confirm your user ID or password.

• If you have been the victim of a cybercrime and have provided personal or financial information, report this to your local police, your bank, any companies where your identity may have been used, and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca).

Social Media:

• Alberta RCMP accounts will use #CyberSafety 3 times a week for the month of November. Gifs will be posted with tips throughout the month.

• Twitter: @RCMPAlberta, Facebook: @RCMPinAlberta

If you have information on this or any other crime, contact your local RCMP Detachment at 403-843-2224 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers can also be contacted online at www.P3tips.com, or you can download the P3 Tips app for Android or Apple on your smart phone. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash award.

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