Prince Rupert RCMP warn of emerging telephone scam

The Prince Rupert RCMP would like to warn the public of an emerging telephone scam

~From the Prince Rupert RCMP

The Prince Rupert RCMP would like to warn the public of an emerging telephone scam in which an unknown caller states they’re a lawyer for the victim’s loved one and they require payment to bail family member out of jail.

On March 22nd, 2012 the Prince Rupert RCMP received a complaint with regards to a telephone scam.  The victim stated that they had received telephone call from a person using the name “Richard Wiseman” who alleged that they were the lawyer for the victims great granddaughter.  The caller then advised that the great granddaughter had been arrested in Montreal and that a cash bail of over $2,500.00 was required to have them released from custody.

The caller then put a female on the phone who introduced themselves as the great granddaughter, and provided fake details about the incident. After the introduction was made the caller was put back on the phone and advised that the payment could be made through any Western Union using the following details:

Receiver: William Shields

Transaction Number: MTCN 233-434-4350

Available in:  Oka, Quebec

The victim in this instance proceeded to a local Western Union to forward the cash bail request.  During the transaction the teller who had been familiar with telephone frauds advised the victim to get in contact with their great granddaughter and confirm the details with them.  Upon making contact the victims great granddaughter she advised that no such incident had taken place and that she did not require any money.

“As a result of this incident the victim did not pay any money and was not defrauded,” stated Cst. Ericson spokesman for the Prince Rupert RCMP.

“We would also like to publicly thank the Western Union teller who was very attentive in this situation and prevented a member of the community from being victimized”.

The RCMP would also like to remind the public to contact their local RCMP Detachment, police agency, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) if you have been a victim or have any information regarding this type of telephone scam.

Just Posted

Minor basketball cancels Grade 9/10 division for 2018-2019 season

PRMBA president said the association still needs volunteers for active divisions

Vopak expects 240 liquid gas-by-rail cars per day

North Coast residents can learn more about the Ridley Island-based project at the open houses

Bantam Seawolves looking to improve after exhibition loss

The Seawolves fell to the Terrace Kermodes 6-3 in pre-season action on Sept. 22

Open market connects Rupert vendors with tourists

An outdoor market was held in Cow Bay on Sept. 22 to help promote local artisans

BC Ale Trail adds Northern Trail to its repertoire

Breweries in Prince Rupert, Terrace to Valemount featured in new tourism initiative

Cops for Cancer complete 850 km ride in Prince Rupert

Bike fundraiser collected $195,400 for cancer research in 2018

Delivering the paper as a family

The Northern View is looking for newspaper carriers in Prince Rupert, join our team today

Harvest Moon to light up B.C. skies with an ‘autumn hue’

It’s the first moon after the autumn equinox

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

Canada has removed six out of 900 asylum seekers already facing U.S. deportation

Ottawa had said the ‘overwhelming majority’ had been removed

Appeal pipeline decision but consult Indigenous communities, Scheer says

The federal appeals court halted the Trans Mountain expansion last month

B.C. electric vehicle subsidy fund drains faster than expected

Province adds another $10 million to incentive fund

‘I’ll never forgive you:’ Victim impact statements at hearing for Calgary killer

Curtis Healy was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday in the death of Dawns Baptiste.

Most Read