(James Smith photo)

Delta Police say scammers pretending to be cops

Callers tell victims they need to transfer funds in order to pay for tickets or bail out a loved one

Delta Police are warning residents of a scam involving phone calls purporting to be from local police services.

In a post on the DPD’s Facebook page says the department has responded to reports from citizens who have received calls from someone impersonating the Delta Police as well as RCMP.

In one case the complainant had received phone calls indicating that her husband had been arrested. The person on the line told them to withdraw $2,300 in order to bail him out.

Fortunately, the complainant was suspicious and, rather than transfer any funds to the caller, attended police headquarters to verify the accuracy of the information in the call, ultimately confirming it was not true and that is was, indeed, a scam.

The suspects, police say, are “spoofing” phone numbers in order to make it look like the calls are coming either from the police or the number of a person known to the victim.

Similar scams have been reported by other police services in the region.

RELATED: Police warn about fraud with a twist

SEE ALSO: Recent Surrey scammers using Bitcoin and ‘phone spoofing’ technology

For example, in the case mentioned earlier, the suspects made it look as though the call was coming from her husband’s number, and the caller identified him to herself as police, giving the complainant a false name.

Police are warning residents not to fall prey to this scam, stressing that at no time do police make phone calls requiring “bail money” or funds required to pay a violation ticket.



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey RCMP looking to identify Fleetwood robbery suspect

Alleged incident happened in the 15900-block of Fraser Highway, police say

PHOTOS: Sold-out Surrey party raises $1.35M in ‘Celebration of Care’ at hospital

Hollywood-style event attracted close to 700 people to Aria Convention Centre

Naked driver leads Langley, Surrey RCMP on hit and run spree

A Kelowna man has been charged with numerous offences

Surrey reduces cab business licence fees to match ride-hailing industry

Meantime, Surrey Board of Trade petition asks government to remove ‘archaic’ taxi boundaries

New book rounds up stories about landmark Surrey diner

Springenatic family marks 60 years of Round Up Café ownership

VIDEO: Feds warned agricultural sector near ‘tipping point’ due to blockades

Canadian Federation of Agriculture points to lack of propane and feed due to Coastal GasLink dispute

Six Wet’suwet’en supporters arrested during blockade of Vancouver port: police

This latest blockade had gone on for nearly 24 hours in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

‘Intemperate, insulting’: B.C. teacher reprimanded for online comments about religion

John William Yetman made the comments in response to a Facebook invitation to Open Mosque Day B.C.

High-risk sex offender, who triggered protests in Fraser Valley, back in court

Chilliwack residents wanted James Conway gone from residential neighbourhood two years ago

B.C. terminates contract with hospice society refusing assisted death

Delta Hospice Society loses hospital service fund of $1.5 million

UPDATE: 14 arrested at blocked rail line in northern B.C., police say

But a Gitxsan hereditary chief says 14 were arrested, as fight over natural gas pipeline continues

Hospital parking fees needed, but changes to payment system possible, health minister says

B.C. health minister Adrian Dix says hospital parking doesn’t need to be so stressful

Protecting privacy key to stopping spread of COVID-19, B.C. health officials say

The number of coronavirus cases in B.C. remains at seven

Most Read