(West Shore RCMP)

The West Shore RCMP is warning the public about a phone scam in which the scammer is posing as a police officer.

On January 8th, police say they received a complaint from a woman who said she had gotten a call from a person acting as a West Shore RCMP officer. The scammer told the woman that there was a warrant out for her arrest and began asking for personal details, including banking information.

In a new twist, the caller then asks the victim to look up and provide the number for the police department. The scammer hangs up and the victims then receive a second call from a person posing as a police officer.

The number on the call display shows up as the West Shore RCMP Department’s non-emergency line.

“We want the public to be aware of this scam. We have seen this type of scam before where the call display on your phone may reflect our number or that of an official agency, but this is a common scamming technique called spoofing.

Scammers will use computer software to alter how their number is displayed and make it look like we are calling you,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar, of the West Shore RCMP.

Here are some tips on how to protect yourself from fraud:

  • Don’t believe your caller ID
  • Don’t provide your personal/banking information over the phone
  • Hang up on “Robo” calls
  • If you find the caller suspicious there’s no need to continue the conversation, just hang up
  • Never wire money or deposit a check
  • Talk to someone you trust before making a decision to send money, scammers want you to make a decision in a hurry and will try to pressure you

For more information on fraud prevention and protection visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website.