Chilliwack, B.C.: UFVRD RCMP wish to advise the public of a current fraud scam targeting seniors.
On Tuesday, March 4th a call was received from a local financial institution of a possible fraud in progress. Investigation determined that elderly victims from Alberta had been targeted. The fraudster had telephoned the victims and advised them that they had won a lottery. In order to claim the lottery the victim was directed to deposit a sum of money into an account to cover taxes.
Due diligence by the financial institution prevented the fraudster from claiming the money. Arrested was a twenty year old Hope man who will appear in Chilliwack court, in the near future, on a charge of fraud.
Although the victims in this instance were not local the RCMP wish to remind the public, and in particular seniors, to be aware. “If a financial offer is made to you that is too good to be true then it usually is too good to be true” advises Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen.
For prevention information on frauds and scams please view two web sites; www.befraudaware.ca and www.BBB.org . As well Chilliwack residents can get a wide variety of Crime Prevention Information, including frauds, at the Crime Preventions Services Building, 45877 Wellington Avenue, Chilliwack. They are open Monday to Friday business hours and can be contacted at Phone; 604-393-3000.