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More Phone Fraud

Recently through the media the Central Okanagan RCMP warned residents of a scam involving an elderly Kelowna grandmother who lost $14,000.She was panicked into sending money due to being told an urgent situation had occurred with a family member that required immediate payment.  Commonly used scenarios involve an arrest or accident involving family member or friend while travelling abroad.Monies are needed to cover hospital expenses, lawyer fees or police / court bail.Often the potential victim is instructed to send money via a money service such as Western Union or MoneyGram.Please be very careful and protect yourself when you receive unexpected  phone calls informing you of a family member emergency. 

Please take your time and verify the information provided.  Ask the caller questions that only the family member or friend is able to answer.Confirm the whereabouts of the family member or friend with other relatives.Never voluntarily give out family members names or information to unknown callers.Police, Judges or legal entities will never make urgent requests for money.Always question urgent requests for money.Before you send money to anyone take some advice from a relative or close friend.