Mounties are urging residents to be cautious giving out information following a fraud case in Prince George.
RCMP say they got a report of fraud from a resident last Friday.
A person called the victim claiming to be a major Canadian bank. The victim told police that the man requested the victim to help them and RCMP with an investigation.
It involved transfers through the bank and wire transfer companies.
The victim was asked to make money transfers so they could catch the fake fraudsters.
Police say the victim is now out thousands of dollars.
Officers wants to remind residents banks and police would never ask the public to assist with this kind of investigation and especially not use their own money.
Here are some tips authorities say you should use if money is requested.
· Do not take immediate action. Hang-up and contact the financial institution or government agency the person claimed to be working for. Numbers can be found on the back of your debit or credit card, or through their official website;
· Know who you are dealing with. Obtain their contact information and search it on the internet. Often the contact info will be associated to frauds. This is a clear warning that this is not legitimate;
· Never give your personal information to anyone that calls you over the phone. This is especially the case when an organization such as the financial institution you deal with calls and should have all your necessary information already;
· Never agree to wire funds or purchase cash cards;
· Wiring money is untraceable & irreversible. Similarly, purchasing cash cards and providing the scammers with the card number & security number would be very difficult to trace.
Police say victims of fraud are urged to call police. If you notice a scam, but haven’t been victimized, your urged to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.