April 30, 2022 In Public, Warning

RCMP warning public about cyber scam impersonating officer

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The police say emails were sent to people in at least two provinces alleging the email recipients were under investigation for fraud and requesting personal information and banking details.

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A Saskatchewan RCMP vehicle.

The RCMP is warning the public about an email scam asking for banking details and involving the impersonation of a former information officer with the Nova Scotia RCMP.

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In a news release sent out Friday by Nova Scotia RCMP and shared by Saskatchewan RCMP, the police say emails were sent to people in at least two provinces alleging the email recipients were under investigation for fraud and requesting personal information and banking details.

“The scammer(s) provide contact information that includes the name and title of a legitimate RCMP officer, however the e-mail address and phone number included are fraudulent,” the RCMP say in the written statement.

The bogus email that is circulating is written in French and contains text and wording similar to official RCMP materials.

The RCMP reiterate that officers do not inform people about investigations through email. They’re also reminding the public not to give out personal or financial information in response to an unexpected request.

Government agencies and police will never demand gift cards or cryptocurrency as payment, the RCMP added.

Police are asking people to trust their gut and cease communications with someone if they suspect a scam may be possible.

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