RCMP issue scam warnings and ask the public to report accordingly

Police are asking for assistance from the public in solving these crimes

  • Wed Oct 31st, 2012 8:00am
  • News

Princeton RCMP would like to caution the public of an ongoing scam known as the “Mystery Shopper” Scam.

If you have received a letter in the mail stating that you have been hired by Vulsay Industries to participate as a “customer service evaluator”, please note that this is a scam. The “mystery shopper” scam is still victimizing Canadian Consumers. The victim answers an enticing ad to become a mystery shopper. The “employer” sends a letter, with mystery shopping tasks to be completed, and a cheque to help the victim fulfill their mystery shopping tasks. The victim will first cash the cheque they were given. One of the tasks will be to use a money transfer company to wire a large portion of the money to a mane provided, in order to test the company’s procedure and customer service skills. The victim will find out later that the cheque is counterfeit, thus making the victim accountable to pay for the funds they wired.

DO NOT TRY TO CASH THE CHEQUE ENCLOSED—IT IS NOT VALID.

Anyone with questions or concerns or has received such a letter are asked to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at: 1-888-495-8501 to report the scam (the best time to call is between 8:30 – 9:30 am)

The Princeton RCMP would like to advise the public about an internet scam. People have been receiving pop up windows on there computer from the Police Cyber Crimes stating that your computer has been locked due to pornography, terrorism and gambling. IN order to unlock your computer you must pay $100 dollars to Ukash. The scam ware program will then turn on your web cam. This is a scam. Do not open any pop up windows. The best way to protect your computer is to make sure your anti virus programs are up yo date and run regular virus checks on your computer. If you have received this message please contact the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 to report the incident. Thank you for your assistance.

B. MATCHIM

NCO i/c RCMP, Princeton Detachment.

In the past week Princeton Kal Tire has been the victim of two break and enters. On each occasion the culprits entered the tire compound stealing large truck tires and wheels. During this same time period Kal Tire in Penticton and Merritt were also targeted with similar tires being stolen from these locations.

Police are asking for assistance from the public in solving these crimes by calling the Princeton RCMP at 250-295-6911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Sgt. D. CLARE

Detachment Commander

Princeton RCMP