The Chestemere RCMP has fallen victim to a “spoofing” scam.
The detachment’s phone number is being used to call people and trick them into providing personal information.
RCMP say a live person tells the potential victims they are under investigation and will be arrested if they don’t transfer large amounts of money within the next few days.
So far, it’s not clear if anyone has actually been defrauded.
Police services in Canada, including the RCMP, do not contact individuals via email or telephone for the purpose of collecting fines or money. Police are reminding people not to give out personal information on unsolicited calls such as your name, address, date of birth, SIN or credit card information.
Anyone who receives a call like this is asked to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.