‘Tis the season for scamming

Sidney North Saanich RCMP issue warning about holiday-time scams

Generosity is a common theme at Christmas and thieves prey on philanthropy.

The two most common scams reported to the Sidney North Saanich RCMP this month are the grandparent and the problem-with-your-computer scams.

In the theft targeting grandparents, callers identify themselves as a grandchild and convince the elderly person to send them money, as they are in trouble with the law or have a urgent medical condition elsewhere in the country.

“This is a very common fraud and at the very least, ask many questions that only your grandchild will know, in order to ascertain if it is really them,” said Cpl. Chris Swain. “You can also contact another relative about the situation and advise you will call them back.”

In the computer scam, callers offer to fix common computer problems, such as removing viruses or speeding up the computer. They request remote access to people’s computers and sell the program they use over the phone.

“Never give remote access to your computer as they can then install programs that take online banking or other important information,” Swain said.

While those remain the top scams of the year, another is cropping up: the selling of royalties from a homemade music CD. The seller makes a CD and sells a percentage of the royalties for thousands of dollars to unsuspecting buyers.

“Potential investors are urged to do research and obtain evidence that the CD will be worth as much as advertised,” Swain said.

For more detailed information on these and other types of common frauds, please visit www.phonebusters.com.


Just Posted

Justin Trudeau’s carbon footprint revealed in ranking of world leaders

Travel company ranks 15 world leaders’ foreign flight CO2 emissions

Mainly sunny skies ahead for Friday

Plus a look ahead at your weekend

9 Victoria-area restaurants make top 100 most scenic dining list

Open Table compiled the list by reviews from diners between June 1, 2018 and May 31 of this year

Average rent for one-bedroom in Victoria nears $1,400: PadMapper

Victoria sixth in Canada for most expensive rent

Sun on its way after Greater Victoria sees wettest July in six years

Environment Canada meteorologists say the drizzle is likely to end soon

VIDEO: 1,400 classic cars roll into Victoria for Deuce Days

The four-day festival highlights classic hot rods, with a special emphasis on cars built in 1932

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of July 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

“Does Kirby care?” B.C. First Nation’s group using geo-targeted ads in Houston, Texas for justice

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Tax take stays ahead of increased B.C. government spending

Tax revenue $2.1 billion higher than budget in 2018-19

Most Read