If it seems too good to be true, it is.
That’s the main message for this year’s Fraud Prevention Month campaign.
Constable Sandy Deibert with the Thompson RCMP says the detachment received nearly 40 reports of fraud last year.
Here, she outlined some of major instances of fraud that were reported locally.
“These included calls involving a lost debit card that had been used and that happens not because someone had their pin but because the tap was enabled on their card so they were able to use up to one hundred dollars at a time without having a pin. Another complaint was that someone had met someone online and they were asked to send money so that person can come visit and then they, unfortunately, were out thousands of dollars before they realized that this was a scam. Another report involved someone looking to rent a house and wanted to check out the address and then found that the house wasn’t actually for rent.”
Deibert says signs of a scam include unsolicited emails or calls, urgency, threats, and emotional manipulation.
Visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s website for more information.
Or catch Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10 this afternoon.