Wednesday , 30 November 2022

Scam tries to gather banking info by claiming you’re eligible for millions

Police are warning of a new scam that so far has been targeting Lac La Biche residents.

Lac La Biche RCMP have received reports of fraudulent letters being delivered to residents claiming to be from a law firm in the United States in relation to a life insurance policy of a deceased person.

Police say the claim is that the local resident is possibly a distant relative of the deceased person and is eligible for millions of dollars in insurance money.

These scams are attempts to gather personal and banking information, RCMP say, and are warning residents to be vigilant when receiving these unsolicited messages.

If you have any concerns about a suspicious letter, call the Lac La Biche RCMP or contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or at the toll-free line 1-888-495-8501.

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.