Scams

A Victoria resident was scammed out of $1,700 after a fraudster impersonated a police officer and convinced the victim to pay a non-existent fine in Bitcoin. (Unsplash)

Fraudster impersonates Victoria police officer, steals $1,700 in Bitcoin

Phone call showed up as VicPD’s non-emergency line

 

Nanaimo RCMP issued a warning after a woman was fooled by a scammer posing as Publishers Clearing House online. (Stock photo)

Nanaimo woman falls for online prize scam, RCMP warn others

Scammer poses as Publishers Clearing House, promises grand prize

 

(File photo)

Alert Qualicum Beach resident, 77, foils ‘grandparent emergency scam’

RCMP receive calls of fraudsters attempting to fool seniors into providing cash

 

Saanich police are reminding residents to be wary of unsolicited calls to prevent phone scams. (Black Press Media files)

Spoofed phone numbers, requests for cash by mail among recent fraud attempts

Saanich police share anti-fraud tips, red-flags to watch for to avoid common scams

Saanich police are reminding residents to be wary of unsolicited calls to prevent phone scams. (Black Press Media files)
Victoria police are warning people of a continued rise in cybercrime. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

Victoria police warn of rising cybercrime called spear phishing

Fraudsters continue to trick people out of large sums of money

Victoria police are warning people of a continued rise in cybercrime. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
A Sooke woman is speaking up after she was almost tricked by a lottery scam, claiming she had won $950,000 with Set for Life Lottery. (File Photo)

‘I wanted it to be true so badly’: Sooke senior narrowly avoids lottery scam

88-year-old received letter stating she had won $950,000

A Sooke woman is speaking up after she was almost tricked by a lottery scam, claiming she had won $950,000 with Set for Life Lottery. (File Photo)
Yet another telephone scam is attempting to defraud seniors in the Cowichan Valley. (File photo)

Elderly Cowichan Valley woman scammed out of $5,000

Daughter sends warning to the community

Yet another telephone scam is attempting to defraud seniors in the Cowichan Valley. (File photo)
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Senior on mid Island fooled by ‘grandson scam,’ even after warning from bank teller

Woman in her 70s scammed out of $6,000, say Nanaimo RCMP

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(Needpix.com)

Fraudsters projected to use pet scams to gouge over $3M from customers: BBB

The pandemic heavily contributed to the number of puppy scams

(Needpix.com)
A special Tree of Life pendant that ‘Rose’ purchased during a sabbatical to Victoria. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island woman warns of scams on dating sites from personal experience

Rose gets her $1,500 back, but most aren’t as fortunate

A special Tree of Life pendant that ‘Rose’ purchased during a sabbatical to Victoria. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Fraud alert, stock image, no date

Fraudsters target Greater Victoria community association with fake GoFundMe campaign

Two members fell victim, scam reported to police, association president says

Fraud alert, stock image, no date
The Better Business Bureau is warning people of scammers posing as Amazon customer support. (AP File Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Watch out for Amazon imposters, says scam expert

Better Business Bureau is warning of a rise in Amazon scammers as people online shop more

The Better Business Bureau is warning people of scammers posing as Amazon customer support. (AP File Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
The Noom app displayed on the Apple App Store on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Apple App Store)

Better Business Bureau issues warnings over billing for weight loss app Noom

Bureau warned customers to read terms carefully when they sign up for a free trial, especially for health and wellness apps.

The Noom app displayed on the Apple App Store on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Apple App Store)
Ucluelet residents have reported receiving phone calls from scammers pretending to be members of the RCMP and demanding banking information. (Westerly file photo)

Ucluelet RCMP warns of scammers impersonating police

“Police will never demand payment of any kind to get rid of an arrest warrant.”

Ucluelet residents have reported receiving phone calls from scammers pretending to be members of the RCMP and demanding banking information. (Westerly file photo)
A Victoria woman lost $4,000 after scammers convinced her to convert money into bitcoin. (Unsplash photo)

Victoria woman loses $4,000 to ‘agressive, manipulative and convincing’ bitcoin CRA scam

VicPD officer receives scam call himself while investigating case

A Victoria woman lost $4,000 after scammers convinced her to convert money into bitcoin. (Unsplash photo)
In April 2020, the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre and the Better Business Bureau received 12,900 reports of fraud nationwide – an increase of 9,000 reports from the same month a year prior. (Pixabay)

Fraud reports spiked by nearly 45% in April as scammers take advantage of pandemic

COVID-19 an opportunity for scammers to put new spin on old tricks, police warn

In April 2020, the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre and the Better Business Bureau received 12,900 reports of fraud nationwide – an increase of 9,000 reports from the same month a year prior. (Pixabay)
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COVID-19 scams fooling only a few people in Nanaimo

RCMP issue press release after alert from Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

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Police in Nanaimo are warning the public to be on the lookout for a rental scam that was caught out by prospective tenants in Nanaimo last week. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

Prospective tenants thwart Craigslist rental scam in Nanaimo

Online post advertised Tamara Drive home, according to Nanaimo RCMP

Police in Nanaimo are warning the public to be on the lookout for a rental scam that was caught out by prospective tenants in Nanaimo last week. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)
The reverend of a Comox church is hoping her experience can serve as a warning to others as a COVID-19 gift card scam was emailed to her congregation. Black Press file photo

COVID-19 scam hits Comox Valley church

The reverend of a Comox church is hoping her experience can serve as a warning to others.

The reverend of a Comox church is hoping her experience can serve as a warning to others as a COVID-19 gift card scam was emailed to her congregation. Black Press file photo
(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Grande trouble: BBB warns of bogus COVID-19 Starbucks gift card scam

Scammers disguise phishing scheme as COVID-19-related gift

(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)