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Police warning of scammers imitating cops in Gatineau

The SPVG was made aware that fraudsters had stolen a sum of money from a Gatineau citizen by posing as SPVG police officers.
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Gatineau Police Service shield at its headquarters. Chris Kurys/ CityNews Ottawa

The Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau (SPVG) is warning the public of a telephone scam where fraudsters claim to be SPVG police officers. 

The SPVG was made aware that fraudsters had stolen a sum of money from a Gatineau citizen by posing as SPVG police officers.

The scam begins over the phone and is a variation on another recent fraud scheme involving fake financial advisors, the SPVG said in a media release on Aug. 11. 

The police service said a woman contacted the victim over the phone and told them to take a seat because they were about to receive bad news. The scammer presented herself as a police officer and said Gatineau police had just arrested individuals who had defrauded the victim for $2,000.

A man, who also identified himself as a police officer, joined the conversation and explained that the victim could get their money back and they had to provide all bank cards and PIN numbers to police officers. 

The so-called sergeant told the victim to put all the cards in an envelope with the PIN numbers and put them in their mailbox. Fraudsters kept the victim online by a suspect who retrieved the bank cards and made cash withdrawals. Once the withdrawals were made, the fraudsters told the victim that they will follow up the next day and cut off the communication.

"A police officer will never ask a victim of fraud to give them their personal identification cards and numbers," the SPVG said. "Instead, they will advise the victim to contact their bank to have the cards cancelled."

 

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