Scam artist warning
Burnaby RCMP is warning people of a possible scam artist at work after receiving a complaint Sept. 11 of someone cold-calling people in Burnaby trying to gain access to personal financial information.
"This particular fraudster will claim to represent a real charity and then ask for credit card information for donation purposes," said Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Rick Skolrood.
Const. Linda Reinhart of the Burnaby RCMP's economic crime unit noted that frausters often use legitimate organizations as a cover.
"Fraudsters often claim to represent legitimate companies and organizations and may have personal information about you which they have obtained by illegal means," she said. "Our recommendation is to never give out personal information to people who call you out of the blue."
Burnaby Mounties are hosting several fraud prevention seminars which aim to help seniors avoid becoming victims: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m. at Confederation Recreation Complex; Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1:30 p.m. at Bonsor Recreation Complex; and Thursday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m. at Edmonds Community Centre.