Kamloops Mounties are warning the public not to be fooled by a phone scam making the rounds in which the fraudster poses as an RCMP officer and has managed to make the caller ID phone number mirror that of the local detachment.
Police have had a few complaints from residents who have received a call from a person claiming to be a Kamloops RCMP officer. The caller then says they have a warrant for the arrest of the person they are calling and demands payment in the form of gift cards to eliminate the arrest warrant.
“These scam phone calls are often convincing because the call ID says 250-828-3000, which is the phone number for the Kamloops RCMP,” Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said in a press release. “Everyone should be aware that the police will never demand payment of any kind to get rid of an arrest warrant.”
Shelkie stressed the importance of telling family members who may not have heard about the scam.
If you suspect you have been contacted by a phone scammer, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center, 1-888-495-8501 or online at CAFC Fraud Reporting.