Dont be a victim of these common scams

Prince Rupert

2024-04-30 15:20 PDT

The Prince Rupert RCMP wants to help the public avoid being victimized by frauds and scams by highlighting some of the more common schemes used by scammers.

A person sitting at a desk with a laptop that reads "fraud alert" on the screen

In recent years the sophistication of scams has evolved and grown with social media playing a prominent role. Here are a few of the more common scams and how to recognize them:

Advance Fee Schemes:

Calls for help from family members:

Bitcoin and gift card scams:


What to do if you’re a victim:

Simply put, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, Media Relations Officer Cst. Brody Hemrich said, scammers typically use urgency and tight timelines to incite action, don’t fall for this, take all the time you need and ask people you trust in your life if something appears to be legitimate.

If you have been a victim of a scam or fraud call the Prince Rupert RCMP at 250-624-2136 and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre 1-888-495-8501.

Released by:

Cst. Brody Hemrich
Media Relations Officer
Prince Rupert Detachment


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