Trail police are reminding residents never to give out personal financial information on the phone after an elderly resident was victimized by scammers, according to Trail RCMP top cop Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.
"On May 3, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP investigated a report of a fraud of a 75-year-old male victim of Trail. The elderly male was contacted by phone by an unknown male suspect claiming to be from Visa who then asked the victim to pay off a $2,000 Visa charge using Google Play Cards. The victim purchased $2,000 in Google Play cards from a local business then provided the codes on the back of the cards to the suspect over the phone. The result was a $2,000 financial loss to the elderly victim.
"The Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP are reminding people to not provide any financial information over the phone as financial institutions do not operate in this manner and do not request debt repayment through the use of third party gift cards. Anybody who suspects they may be targeted by fraudsters can contact the RCMP to discuss the situation and seek assistance."
The detachment can be contacted at 250-364-2566.