Senior caught by phone scam

A Salmon Arm senior was bilked out of $8,000 after wiring money in response to  a phone scam.

On Dec. 9, Salmon Arm RCMP received a report of the scam.

A local resident was advised by telephone that her grandson has been involved in an vehicle accident and that $4,000 needed to be wired to Peru. A second call was received advising that another $4,000 needed to be wired so that her son would not receive a criminal record.

The senior sent the money, however, the story turned out to be false. Police wish to remind the public that money sent by wire transfer can be picked up anywhere.

“Just because you’ve sent money to a certain address, it doesn’t necessarily mean this is where the money will be collected. The recipient can retrieve the funds from any of the wire transfer company’s offices around the world,” said Staff Sgt. Kevin Keane.

Fraudsters rarely use their real name and often list an address or telephone number from the area to give the impression they are local.

As soon as the money is retrieved, the cash is gone. Criminals circumvent the system by falsifying identification, using runners or other fraudulent means to collect the money, or, even employ a criminal wire transfer agent. Any time you are asked to wire money, be skeptical. When in doubt, please contact your RCMP detachment before sending money to unknown sources.


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