Swift Current RCMP are reminding the public to be cautious following a recent phone scam.
RCMP report a Swift Current resident received a fraudulent call this past Tuesday from a person that was posing as a family member in need of money. The caller said they were in an accident while impaired and needed money as soon as possible so they wouldn't be charged for the offense. The caller also gave instructions not to tell anyone else about what was going on.
Becoming suspicious, the individual phoned a number of family members and was able to determine that the phone call was scam and did not send money.
The RCMP are reminding the public to be cautious about scams where they are contacted and asked to send money through electronic means that cannot be traced or to give financial information over the phone or email without verifying the transaction is legitimate. They remind legitimate financial institutions and retailers will not give ultimatums.
If you think you have been targeted by a fraud or scam, but have not lost any money and have not provided personal or financial information, and you simply want to inform the appropriate organizations, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
The RCMP advise that if you receive a fraudulent e-mail soliciting personal or financial information (phishing scam), you should also advise the financial institution or the other agency whose name was used.