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Columbia Valley RCMP warns of scammers

Police in the Columbia Valley are reminding residents to be cautious of scams after a couple of incidents last week.

On Dec. 1, the Columbia Valley RCMP was alerted to a Facebook scam.

The complainant had put a deposit down for a piece of equipment that was being sold on Facebook and located in Cranbrook.

However, when they went to pick up the item, the address was real but the person living wasn’t the one who set up the post on Facebook.

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Police also said a person fell victim to a phone scam where the caller was pretending to be with FIDO and was wanting personal information; date of birth, drivers license, Social insurance number etc.

The RCMP receives numerous complaints regarding fraudulent scams every week,” said Cpl. Jeff Witzke.

“A lot of these scams are very convincing and it can be difficult to differentiate between a real company and a fraudulent caller. If interested in learning more about the recent scams and frauds, you can go online and visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.”

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