Scammer targets library fines

You might be guilty of having overdue library books, but don’t get caught paying those fines to a scam artist

  • Apr. 5, 2016 12:00 p.m.

You might be guilty of having overdue library books, but don’t get caught paying those fines to a scam artist.

It has come to the attention of the Okanagan Regional Library that some library members are being phoned by a scammer.

In both cases, a caller identified themselves as “a collection agency working for the library” to collect overdue fees.

Library officials advise that the library only uses a collection agency in the event that a member has more than $50 in fines due over 90 days, and they always follow up with a written account, outlining the fees and methods of payment.

Members are never asked to pay fines over the phone.

If you receive a suspicious call, do not give any personal information and follow up with your local library branch.