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Indian Head RCMP issues phone scam alert, says fraudster falsely identifying as STARS

RCMP are warning people in the Wolseley, Sask., area about a phone scam from people falsely claiming to be with STARS air ambulance. Getty Images / File Photo

Indian Head RCMP is warning people about a phone scam from people falsely claiming to be with Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS).

A caller will claim that a prize has been won, which is usually a vehicle or large amount of money, according to the police advisory on Friday.

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Police said the scammers then ask for a few hundred dollars in the form of pre-paid Visa cards or gift cards as a processing fee to cover the shipping costs of the new vehicle.

If it was the actual STARS organization calling about a prize win, they would not ask for any additional money, RCMP said.

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According to the advisory, it appears the scammers have been hitting the Wolseley, Sask., area this week and the calls are coming from 306-500-4612.

Wolseley is approximately 95 km east of Regina.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 310-7267 for immediate response or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

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