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Saturday , 27 February 2021

Don’t give out personal info over the phone: Bonnyville RCMP after scam

Bonnyville RCMP are reminding residents again to never give out personal details over the phone after a scam in the past week.

Police said they received a complaint of a local woman last Tuesday who received a call from someone claiming they were Walmart Mastercard and that her account was compromised.

RCMP said the suspect caller’s phone number was 1-606-653-2624 and gave the employee name of John #jn1997.

The complaint then provided personal details to the caller that could compromise her identity.

But after feeling uncomfortable about the call, the victim contacted the number on the back of her credit card and was told that the company had no record of issues with her card, or of the call from the suspect.

“Scams like this are very difficult to investigate and are referred to the anti-fraud division,” said Bonnyville RCMP Sgt. Hillier.

“It is a stark reminder to never give out personal details over the phone.”

Bonnyville RCMP are reminding residents to not give out personal information over the phone and do not purchase Google Play cards, prepaid VISAs, etc, to pay off a fraudster.

“Hang up the phone and call the police to report the phone number and the details of the scam.”

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.