Public Announcements

Fraud Awareness


May 31, 2017

Charlottetown Police Services are reminding the public to be aware of the various scams being employed in our area. The following are some of the most recent scams from our area

Lawsuit Scam - The caller informs the potential victim they are being sued and are required to call a long distance number to deal with the matter. The victim is subsequently tricked into providing sensitive information.

Bank Investigator Scam - The caller claims to be a bank investigator, working with the RCMP investigating a large internal bank fraud. The caller tells the victim their cooperation is required to investigate the fraud. The caller explains that part of this investigation requires the victim to send funds via Western Union to an address and that her money would be returned. In this scam, the caller also may trick the victim into providing remote access to their computer. If remote access is granted, the fraudster may be able to move funds around on the victim's online banking, giving the appearance that money has been returned. The victim may also be requested to go out and purchase pre-paid cards and provide the validation numbers from the back of the cards to the fraudster.

Revenue Canada Scam - The caller requests payment for outstanding taxes, asking for information such as credit card, bank account, and passport numbers. Canada Revenue Agency would never ask for this type of information.

Craigslist Rental Scam - The fraudster copies a legitimate ad from another classified website such as Kijiji and posts the fraudulent ad on a different site such as Craigslist. The victim who responds to the fraudulent ad is then communicating with the fraudster instead of the legitimate ad poster. In one case, the ad was for a rental property and the fraudster requested a deposit.

Charlottetown Police Services would like to direct members of the public to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre for more information on this important topic. The following is a link to their website Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

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