The Oceanside RCMP have fielded several calls from residents who had received concerning calls from what they thought to be their local police detachment.
Residents have stated that they have received calls from someone trying to claim there is an arrest warrant out for them.
The aggressive callers have used reasons such as unpaid taxes or an immigration issue to explain why the arrest warrant is outstanding.
What’s more concerning is that The Oceanside RCMP number of (250) 248-6111 has been displayed on their caller ID when they receive these harassing calls, leading them to think that the call might actually be legitimate.
Please be assured that the RCMP will never call and threaten you with a
pay or get arrested scenario.
These scams are becoming alarmingly common in North America with the use of Caller ID Spoofing Software and are getting more sophisticated in nature.
According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Caller ID spoofing disguises telephone numbers appearing on a caller ID display.
This popular tool allows scammers to disguise their calls, as the call will appear to be coming from local or familiar numbers to trick people into answering the phone and trusting the caller.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre gave the following tips on how you can protect yourself:
- Don’t trust your call display. It may say
ABC, but in reality, it is actually a scammer. It does not matter what the caller ID says, you cannot always trust it.
- If you get a call from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency seeking personal information, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book or on the company or government agency’s website to verify the authenticity of the request.
- Never give out personal information such as account numbers, social insurance number (SIN), mother’s maiden name, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls.
If you have responded to a fraudulent communication and have become a victim of fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by email at [email protected] or call 1-888-495-8501.