Scare tactics used in e-mail scam

Scams come wrapped in all sorts of packages for the RCMP.

Scams come wrapped in all sorts of packages for the RCMP.

Last week, Lumby RCMP dealt with an added twist to a scam as a resident received an e-mail demanding $8,000 or they would be killed.

It’s the second such e-mail received by a Lumby resident since the summer.

Lumby RCMP Cpl. Henry Proce believes the e-mails are originating overseas, judging from the wording, grammar and punctuation in the correspondence.

“The criminal behind the e-mail probably sent hundreds at once to undisclosed recipients, hoping that a few would be scared into responding,” said Proce.  “This is somewhat of a new twist in that the sender is attempting to scare the victims into paying sums of money as opposed to using trickery of some sort.”

Proce said in this particular case, the victim was genuinely frightened and police did their best to reassure the resident the incident was all bogus.

If you are the recipient of similar attempts, please contact the Lumby RCMP detachment at 250-547-2151.