The Regina Police Service would like to make people aware of a recent scam that has been recently reported to police.
The scam, is most often initialized by a phone call from a person claiming to be an employee from the potential victim’s banking institution who calls warning that they believe that their credit card has been compromised. The scammer alleges there have been several unauthorized transactions on the victim’s credit card and their identity has been shared. The scammer will then attempt to recruit the victim to “help catch the international criminals”. The “bank employee” will then instruct the victim to make purchases of gift cards and cryptocurrency and provide that information to them, sometimes costing the victim thousands of dollars. The scammer will sound very official and may even pretend to transfer the victim to the financial institution’s security department.
Please remember that no financial institution will ask you to make a payment with gift cards or cryptocurrency. If you receive one of these calls, hang up and call your financial institution or attend in person to make inquiries on your accounts.
If you suspect you have already been a victim of this type of scan, call your financial institution immediately and report it to the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or your local police agency.