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Claresholm, Nanton and surrounding communities are not immune from the phone and computer frauds that are ongoing across the country, say Nanton and Claresholm RCMP.

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This warning is issued on the heels of a complaint received on Oct. 7 involving a 79-year-old-Claresholm resident being victimized and scammed out of more than $13,000 when led to believe he was investing in cryptocurency.

Personal information including banking information was given out over the phone and a computer, resulting in the fraudster accessing the funds.

This complaint remains under investigation, but the RCMP have the following tips on how to spot a scam:

  • Calls from unfamiliar area codes or numbers.
  • Emails from unknown senders or addresses.
  • Online or over the phone requests for immediate payments or money transfers, for example e-transfers and gifts cards.
  • When personal or financial information is requested including via text or email.
  • Pre-recorded phone messages or voicemails from banks or government agencies.
  • Cheques provided or offered from unknown parties.
  • Pressure to invest in or handle cryptocurrencies.

These are only some ways to identify potential fraud, say RCMP. If you are unsure of whether or not you are being targeted by a scam, check with family or friends, or visit the Canadian government’s website (Scams and Fraud) to learn about common scam-types and how to protect yourself against them, RCMP advise.

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