File #2020-01-06

Date of Crime

- December 31, 2020

Address

everywhere

Crime Stoppers needs your help in solving the following crime:

Now that the New Year is upon us, don’t let fraudsters and con-artists trick you out of your hard earned money, your identification or your property.
Whether by phone, online or someone showing up on your doorstep, con-artists are everywhere. Your personal and financial information is sought after. Educating yourself on the latest frauds and scams is your greatest protection against these criminals. Check the Better Business Bureau website for the latest scams and frauds.
Taking some simple steps can help protect you and your family.
Do not give out personal or financial information unless you are certain the service provider or business is legitimate. If uncertain, just don’t do it. Instead contact the business directly yourself. Financial institutions will never contact you to clarify your personal or financial information and will not ask for your PIN.
Don’t get tricked into unwarranted home repairs. Deal with reputable companies and if you’re not uncertain consult the Better Business Bureau website before you start.
Don’t open unsolicited emails as they may have viruses attached and be mindful of fraudulent websites. Hang up on callers threatening to have you arrested if you don’t comply; this is clearly a scam as this is not how it is done. Or simply don’t answer calls from unknown callers.
And remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Protect yourself by staying informed. If you have been a victim of fraud, report it by calling police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
Anyone with information on this, or any other crime, is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at
250-723-2424 or Alberni Valley Crime Stoppers at:
• by phone: 1-800-222-8477(TIPS)
• online: www.solvecrime.ca
• by SMS: Text: BCTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637)