Saanich Police issue warning over bank investigator scam

Scam involves someone claiming to be with a victim's bank in the process of investigating an internal theft

  • Feb. 15, 2016 5:00 p.m.

Saanich Police are warning residents of a scam that has resurfaced in the area.

The bank investigator scam usually targets a senior, who receives a phone call from someone claiming to be with their bank in the process of investigating an internal theft.

The scammer then asks their victim to help them catch the thief by withdrawing money from their bank account, requesting the victim bring the money to a meeting place away from the bank.

“Saanich Police have not received any reports of this scam yet but want to make the public aware that this scam is starting to resurface in different areas of the country” said Sgt. Karen Phillips of the Saanich Police Fraud Section.

Saanich Police reminds the public that no bank or other legitimate business will ever approach clients to ask for assistance in this way. People who receive calls such as these are asked to report them to police immediately.

You can learn more about common scams and ways to protect yourself at www.antifraudcentre.ca.

Police ask that you identify anyone you know who might be vulnerable to these scams and make them aware of the situation. If you or someone you know has fallen victim to a scam, contact Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

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