The calls seem to appear as though they are coming from the North Vancouver detachment. North Van RCMP had issued another warning few weeks ago about these spoof calls.
“We’re seeing another spike in scam calls, and many are spoofing our detachment phone,” said Sgt. Peter DrVries.
“Whomever they claim to be, tell them you’ll call them back at their number. Oh sure, they’ll try to tell you not to, but don’t listen. If it were real, they’d say, go ahead,” DeVries said.
Scammers have been able to “spoof” calls in the past as well to make them appear as though they are coming from the detachment’s non-emergency number, which is (604) 985-1311.
A scammer will fraudulently introduce themselves as an officer, sometimes using the name of a real officer they’ve been able to find on the internet.
Police say a scammer will often follow a formula where they say you have an urgent problem, offer a solution, and then tell you to send them money.
Less commonly, they will try to entice you with money, such as a government benefit. This is all trickery, classic “carrot and stick” tactics to try to get you to do what they want, said Sgt. Peter DrVries..
DeVries said the RCMP do not act as collection agents and won’t be sending a policeman to arrest the person for outstanding CRA related debts or otherwise.