Delta Police warn of fake cop phone scam

Delta Police are warning about a scam from callers pretending to be police officers. - Submitted
Delta Police are warning about a scam from callers pretending to be police officers.
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Delta Police are warning about a telephone scam where phoney police officers try to pilfer money from potential victims in exchange for supposed arrest warrants being dismissed.

Police say recent calls have involved the fraudsters telling their targets they have outstanding warrants for things such as unpaid debts, missed jury duty or other minor infractions, and that a fine is due.

The callers try to talk their victims into wiring money through convenience stores or pre-paid credit cards, and threaten to arrest them and have them jailed if they don't pay up within a particular time limit.

The scheme plays on the public's fear of being arrested, said Sgt. Sarah Swallow, noting it's not the first police have heard of the ruse.

"We really want to warn the public that this scam has surfaced again, and remind people that police agencies do not offer the option to pay your way out of an arrest warrant," Swallow said.

On Friday (Feb. 28) Delta Police issued a public warning, saying it had received six reports of the fraud. Within days, however, several more instances were reported.

So far, no one has lost money, police confirmed this week.

Delta Police issue the following reminders:

• Police will not typically inform people of arrest warrants by phone, and will never ask for money in exchange for a legal matter to be dealt with;

• If you are suspicious of a phone call from anyone claiming to be a police officer, ask for the name and badge/ID number of the officer calling and the name of the police department they claim to be from;

• A legitimate police officer attending your residence or phoning you will not object to you verifying their identity through the main line of the police station;

• Never wire transfer money to someone you do not know.

Anyone who receives such scam calls is asked to notify their local police department. The Delta Police can be reached at 604-946-4111.

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