Canada: Vancouver police warn of new scam: fraudsters presenting themselves as Vancouver police - - PressFrom - Canada
  •   
  •   
  •   

Canada Vancouver police warn of new scam: fraudsters presenting themselves as Vancouver police

20:50  17 october  2019
20:50  17 october  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Former firefighter charged after police sting targeting alleged sexual predators

  Former firefighter charged after police sting targeting alleged sexual predators A former firefighter arrested in an extensive Vancouver police sting targeting predators allegedly willing to pay teenagers for sex acts has now been criminally charged. Mitchell Brett Maurer was one of 47 suspects arrested in late 2018 after a months-long operation. Detectives posing as girls between 15 and 17 years old posted ads with fake photos on escort sites and social media, arranging hotel meetings with suspects willing to pay a fee for an agreed sex act. Suspects who showed up at hotels were arrested by waiting police, officers said.

Vancouver police say bold fraudsters are using a new scam where they present themselves as officers of the VPD. © File / Global News Vancouver police say bold fraudsters are using a new scam where they present themselves as officers of the VPD.

Vancouver police are warning the public about a new scam, one that appears to victims to be originating from the Vancouver police.

Police say the fraudsters are using a variation of the old Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam.

But there is a brazen new twist: the scammers are using "spoofing" to make it look like they are calling from the Vancouver police.

READ MORE: Fraudsters use fake dial tone, phony cops to allegedly defraud Vancouver seniors of $3.1 million

The scam involves two telephone calls to the victims.

Vancouver police investigating after woman struck and dragged by van on Hastings St.

  Vancouver police investigating after woman struck and dragged by van on Hastings St. A woman has life-threatening injuries after she became stuck underneath a car and dragged for several blocks Saturday morning. The woman was walking near East Hastings and Jackson Street in Vancouver around 12:30 a.m. when she was struck by a white van and became trapped underneath, police said. "It was only after [the driver] had pulled over and stopped that he realized that this woman had been pinned under his vehicle and had suffered some very serious injuries," said Sgt. Steve Addison. Officers have not been able to identify the woman, who is believed to be in her 40s, Addison added.

In the first call, the scammer claims to be a CRA agent and tells the victim to look up the Vancouver Police Department's (VPD) non-emergency number.

Victims then receive a second call that appears to be coming from the VPD number they'd recently looked up.

READ MORE: From bomb threats to handcuffs, police warn scammers growing increasingly aggressive

A scammer then presents themself as a police officer, and gives out a fake badge number.

The fake officer tells the victim that their social insurance number has been used to create credit card accounts with large balances.

The victim is told that they are responsible for paying off the debt, and are told to do it with Bitcoin or gift cards.

READ MORE: Fake kidnappers ‘spoofed’ their cellphone, then scammed their partner for a $10K ‘ransom’

Police are reminding the public that they will never call you from the VPD's non-emergency line, and that officers will never ask for payment.

Anyone who gets one of these calls is asked to hang up immediately, and to report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or toll free at 1-888-495-8501.

Anyone who has been a victim of fraud is asked to contact Vancouver police.

Phone scammers claiming to be Vancouver Poppy Fund to get credit card info, group says .
"Right away my bells went off because we do not solicit that way," said the Vancouver Poppy Fund's administrator.That's according to Jim Howard, administrator of the Vancouver Poppy Fund, who says a new phone scam is making the rounds, trading on the organization's good name.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 4
This is interesting!