Phone scammers posing as utility workers

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Another day, another phone scam in Fort St. John.

RCMP are warning city residents about phone scammers posing as utility company representatives, demanding immediate payment and threatening to cut off services.

Scammers may be posing as phone, electrical or gas companies, Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said in a release this afternoon, and demanding payment by preloaded credit cards, or regular credit card information.

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“No service company will call asking you for payment with a preloaded credit card,” said Shelkie in the release.

“If someone calls and says they are representing a utility company, get their details and then call them back after confirming through the company that they are legitimate. Always confirm a caller’s identity before giving them personal details including your credit card number.”

Anyone who thinks they may have been scammed, is urged to contact RCMP at 250-787-8100 or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

Last week, RCMP warned of a similar scam going around town with scammers posing as employees of the Canada Revenue Agency.

The scammers tell the victim that they are wanted for tax fraud or tax evasion, and that there will be a warrant out for their arrest unless money is wired or prepaid credit card codes are supplied.


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