SCAM ALERT: Fraudsters Impersonate Police


(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The Thunder Bay Police Service is receiving numerous complaints about law enforcement officers contacting them about supposed owed money.
The complaints being received indicates this scam is targeting a significant number of local phone numbers.
The scammers contact their targets impersonating an officer. They provide a name and a badge number before letting them know they owe a significant sum of money.
The would-be victim is told about a warrant out for their arrest. In an effort to make themselves appear authentic the person impersonating a police officer will recite the last three digits of the target’s social insurance number.
The amounts of money the fraudsters are telling victims they owe sometimes exceed $5,000.
The fraudster may even appear on your phone as the Thunder Bay Police Service’s non-emergency number (684-1200). Don’t be fooled, this is still a scam.
If you are contacted by the Thunder Bay Police Service’s non-emergency number, the agency name and number will NOT appear on your caller ID. Instead you will see “unknown number” “Private number” or any other similar message in lieu of 684-1200.
Think you can’t be fooled? These would be fraudsters are experts at creating a sense of urgency and panic. This panic leads to quick decisions, which oftentimes leads to success for the scammer.
The Thunder Bay Police Service would like to urge the public to have a conversation with friends and family who are more vulnerable and possibly most at risk to these attacks. The elderly and foreign students, who may have limited understanding about Canadian laws, are sometimes more aggressively targeted.
Source: TBPS


2 Replies to “SCAM ALERT: Fraudsters Impersonate Police”

  1. You know Rex, everytime I hear about these different scams I ask myself the same thing. It seems no matter how many times people have experienced dealings with the police, volunteers collecting on behalf of genuine charities, revenue canada or any other legitimate authority, when it comes to scams being exercised in this city many people forget those past dealings and put their stupid hats on. They then get taken by these scammers then cry up a storm about the money they have lost.
    I think someone needs to start putting on some classes for people to attend and learn about scams and how they are executed because it is hard to believe that anyone would believe a call from the police saying they have a warrant for you but if you pay five grand they will dismiss it or whatever it is they are telling them. Maybe the library can get the police to put on some classes there to ensure people stop buying into these nonsense scams.

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