Don't click the link, warn North Van RCMP about a recent spate of scam text messages

nvan.rcmp.ca

2020-04-28 14:50 PDT

Scam artists continue to play on fears surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. North Vancouver RCMP’s Sgt. Peter DeVries is sharing his experience of receiving one yesterday, on Monday, April 27.

Transcription Hi there everyone, it’s Sergeant Peter DeVries with the North Vancouver RCMP. And yes, I am coming to you on my personal time, out of uniform, where I’ve been my carport, as you can see, stacking firewood all afternoon. The reason I’m coming to your out of uniform is because I just received a scam text message promising me money from the Canadian revenue agency, which is actually incorrect, it would never be called that, it’s the Canada Revenue Agency. But anyway I wanted to connect with you in a personal context because it’s a little different when you hear it coming from the police while they’re, like me, I’m on my time off and I’m receiving these text messages just as you’re going to be receiving them if you get them, which is mowing the lawn or doing laundry. It’s a little different when you see a police officer in uniform sitting in an office telling you don’t click the link. This stuff comes to us as well. I’m just flashing up the text message I received just up on the screen there for you. Folks, please don’t fall for these scams. These are people who are trying to take advantage of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you click the link [in this release] you’ll see that there are various types, there are a number of variations that are coming out via email, text message, phone calls. Please share this with people you know, friends and family, people in the community who you know may be particularly vulnerable to these kinds of scams. People who may not be familiar with the systems of Government, perhaps new to Canada or people who are not technically savvy, who are not familiar with some of the technologies that we use nowadays. We need to protect one another and really prevent anyone else from getting victimized by these scams, so I just wanted to share that message with you on a personal note and want everyone to take care, stay safe, and let’s look out for one another, ok? Thanks very much.

"We've put out a number of these warnings recently, but always in uniform, always from the police station," said Sgt. DeVries. "We're hoping that seeing one of us in the same context where people may receive these bogus communications will create a bigger impression. Our ultimate goal is to make sure people don't fall for these scams."

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The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is seeing an uptick in fake emails, texts and social media posts that try to trick victims into believing the Government of Canada is sending them COVID-19 relief money, and so are many of us. The message prompts the recipient to click a link to claim their payment, and then tricks them into sharing personal information, which is then used to create fake identities and commit additional crimes in the person’s name.

Click the following link for a list of current scams listed on the CAFC website.

Scammers use various tactics, including:

What to do if you are the victim of a scam:

First rule of thumb: don’t click the link. 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.

"Share this with your friends, your neighbours, and especially those in the community who may be particularly vulnerable, like new Canadians who may be unfamiliar with how our Government systems work, or people who may not be as technologically savvy as others," said DeVries. "Let's do everything we can to protect and care for one another."

 

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Sgt. Peter DeVries

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

Email: peter.devries@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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