COVID-19 scammers add insult to injury

North Vancouver

2020-03-24 08:58 PDT

Scam artists are playing on fears surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and North Vancouver RCMP are not happy about it.

"We’re warning the North Vancouver community about a series of COVID-19 related scams that are popping up nation-wide," said Sgt. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP. "Thankfully we haven't received any reports of people losing money," he said. "We want to keep it that way."

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre is seeing an uptick in fake emails, texts and social media posts that try to trick victims into sending money or revealing personal information. Fraudsters may ask you to donate to victims, offer advice on unproven treatments, protective gear, virus detection kits, or fake home sanitizing services, or may direct you to bogus websites selling non-existent products.

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"Our phones have been lighting up too, sometimes 3, 4, 5 times a day with phishing emails and bogus text messages," said Sgt. DeVries. "The community has enough to deal with at the moment. Don't let these fraudsters add insult to injury."

What are the most common scams right now?

These scams offer bogus products and remedies to scared Canadians. In order to prevent being scammed, we encourage you to keep up to date on the latest information from reliable sources such as the BC Centres for Disease Control, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the World Health Organization.

What to do if you are the victim of a scam

if you have lost money or valuables, or provided your personal information, contact your local police
If you have been contacted but have not lost anything or given your personal information, report online to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.


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Sgt. Peter DeVries

Media Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP (English only)
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
Office: 604-969-7561
Cell: 604-363-5584
Fax: 604-969-7587


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