Fewer scam attempts reported to police in 2013

It was a difficult year for scammers targeting Summerlanders in 2013.

It was a difficult year for scammers targeting Summerlanders in 2013.

Sgt. Stephane Lacroix of the Summerland RCMP detachment said there were no big scam attempts in the community over the past year.

The one exception was an individual who received a call from someone claiming to be the grandchild of a relative, in jail and in need of help.

The victim sent money, but shortly afterward contacted police and reported the incident.

Lacroix said other scamming attempts in Summerland were not reported.

“We haven’t really had any scamming, or people don’t report them to us,” he said.

Some of the long-time scams, including an email message promising money for the one who will claim to be a relative of a deceased person, were reported more frequently in the past.

Lacroix said these attempts have received much publicity in the past and people are becoming more aware of these attempts.


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