Police seeing increase in online scams


2024-02-07 14:42 PST

File # 2024-3544

The Nanaimo RCMP wishes to advise the public of an increase in gift card scams and other related scams. In this most recent incident, the target did not suffer a financial loses but did have fake emails sent to many of her friends requesting money.

Many people spend the majority of their day online on various platforms. Hackers recognize this and will exploit this. Unless we are diligent, we are all susceptible to being scammed, said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. Scammers may clone your FB page, obtain your email address or pretend to be a friend, business partner or a colleague. If you suddenly start receiving requests for money or personal information, alarm bells should be going off, said O’Brien.

The following are some common-sense tips to follow to help increase your fraud awareness and online safety

Spoofed phone numbers and email

Fake websites

Protect your online accounts

Romance Scam

To report a scam or find out more about any number of scams, go to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center

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R/Cst Gary O'Brien

Media Relations Officer
Nanaimo RCMP
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N3
Office: 250-734-4088
Cell: 250-713-0701

Email: gary.obrien@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: nanaimo.rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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