Banff RCMP caution residents over increased fraudulent calls

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RCMP in Banff said they are experiencing increased reports from concern residents regarding phone calls received from individuals claiming to represent CERB, Service Canada, taxes, and other government groups.

“Victims of these calls have been told that money is owed, an investigation has been started and in some instances there is a warrant for arrest of the recipient to the calls,” said Cpl. Natalie RICE, Supervisor/Investigator Banff RCMP Detachment.

“These fraudulent callers attempt to obtain money and personal information from the recipient, threats of arrest and incarceration are made.”

In some cases, local phone numbers have been used, and in other cases, police phone numbers have been spoofed and names of police officers have been used.

“Please be aware of these calls, and do not exchange any personal information or money.”

It is advised that if you are unsure about a call you have received, hang up, and call the organization in question to get clarity on what is being asked of you.

“Do not call any number provided to you by the suspected scammer, rather, look up the phone number of the organization or local police detachment on your own.”

If you have been targeted by such calls and scams and have provided personal or financial information, please call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at: 1-888-495-8501 or