Thompson RCMP Phone Number used in Scam

 In NCI News

A telephone scam that nearly resulted in a Thompson resident getting bilked out of a hefty sum is being investigated by the Mounties.

The Thompson detachment learned that their own telephone number had been spoofed and used to trick someone into believing the scam was legitimate.

The victim was prepared to send a large sum of cash wrapped up as a birthday present though the mail until a relative intervened and prevented it from being sent.

Scammers often try to use spoofed phone numbers to look legitimate to their targets.  In this case, they posed as a member of the government saying there was a warrant out for the arrest of the target and sending money though the mail would keep the person from going to jail..

No government agency will ever call anyone to ask that cash be sent though the postal system.

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