Vernon North Okanagan RCMP have been receiving reports of phone scammers claiming to be police seeking payments in Bitcoin and gift cards over the past month. They issued a warning to residents Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Phone scammers claim to be Vernon Mounties: RCMP

Cold callers claiming to be police seeking payments in gift cards and Bitcoin

Fraudsters are calling residents in the North Okanagan claiming to be “federal agents” or “RCMP officers,” Vernon police warn.

The individual on the other line claims there are criminal charges or warrants for arrest out for the person called and convinces the victim to send money through gift cards or Bitcoin, Vernon North Okanagan RCMP said in a warning issued Tuesday, July 14.

The elaborate telephone fraud has been circulating the area for over a month, police said, noting they have received several reports from the public.

“What makes this call feel real to the victims is that the fraudster already has some of their personal information,” media relations officer Cpl. Tania Finn said.

“In addition to that, the caller ID on the telephone display is that of the Vernon RCMP Detachment.”

Vernon police remind the public that they must protect themselves from falling victim to this type of crime.

“Be sure to never give out personal information on unsolicited calls,” the statement from police reads. “The RCMP will never ask the public to transfer funds nor will any legitimate business or government agency ask for payment in the form of Bitcoin or gift cards.”

Vernon Mounties said don’t be afraid to hang up or say no to a person on a call that you believe is a scam.

READ MORE: CN Rail doing repairs near Vernon road

READ MORE: Sources say Canada, U.S. likely to extend mutual travel ban into late August


@caitleerach
Caitlin.clow@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Pedestrian struck downtown Vernon

Emergency responders are on scene on Main Street near the CIBC, traffic affected

Vernon tech entrepreneur up for prestigious award

Promoting diversity in tech sector lands Jill Binder nomination for BraveIT Award

Westside fire nearly snuffed

BC Wildfire Services to conduct final sweep this afternoon

UPDATE: Lake Country man reunited with missing parrot

The Senegal parrot escaped from her cage Wednesday evening and was found Friday afternoon

Roots and Blues online festival live tonight on Black Press Media

Tune in to Black Press Media to watch the festival live Aug. 14, 15 and 16

‘Don’t kill my mom’: Ryan Reynolds calls on young British Columbians to be COVID-smart

‘Deadpool’ celebrity responds to premier’s call for social influence support

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

Taking dog feces and a jackhammer to neighbourhood dispute costs B.C. man $16,000

‘Pellegrin’s actions were motivated by malice …a vindictive, pointless, dangerous and unlawful act’

Two people dead after Highway 1 collision west of Kamloops

Two-vehicle accident closed Trans-Canada Highway for more than five hours

Racist stickers at Keremeos pub leaves group uneasy and angry

The ‘OK’ hand gesture is a known hate-symbol

VIDEO: World responds to B.C. girl after pandemic cancels birthday party

Dozens of cards and numerous packages were delivered to six-year-old Charlie Manning

Kelowna animal rights activist speaks out amid charges in 2019 Abbotsford hog-farm protest

Amy Soranno, along with three other activists, will appear in court on Sept. 3

Shuswap dragon boaters honour teammate’s cancer-fighting accomplishments

Friends Abreast team provides special recognition outside Salmon Arm hospital

Most Read