Scam artists resurface in 100 Mile House

Fraud-busting essentials to avoid becoming a victim

100 Mile House RCMP Sgt. Don McLean says a couple of scams have hit the South Cariboo area recently, but they are not new.

In one scam, a person claiming to have knowledge of a mutual relative in jail contacts a potential victim and requests funds for bail money.

The other is a fraudulent phone call attempting to gain access to a victim’s computer by a supposed Internet security company.

In order to avoid getting scammed, McLean says it is imperative people understand a basic course of action.

If you get contacted by someone you don’t know, always attempt to verify any information provided to you.

Never send money to anyone you don’t know for something you can’t verify, and do not allow anyone unsolicited access to your computer.

For more information or to report a scam, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca, e-mail to info@antifraudcentre.ca or call the centre toll-free at 1-888-495-8501.