Crime & Court

St. Albert RCMP warn public about new fraud scam

ST ALBERT – On February 2, 2021, St. Albert RCMP received another complaint about an individual who was defrauded out of $20,500.00. 

A St. Albert resident received a voice mail stating they had been over charged for IT purposes and they were entitled to a refund of $210.  The individual called back the fraudster at the number which was left on the voice message, and at that time the fraudster took over their computer to assist with online banking. 

The fraudster stated he would transfer money from a chase account.  The St. Albert citizen typed in $210.00 as instructed but the computer refreshed and $21, 000 had been transferred into their savings account.  

The fraudster stated he could not correct the error online without excessive fees but if they went to their bank, and wire transferred the $21,000 ($20,500 after service fees) back to the fraudster in Thailand, the problem would be fixed. 

Against the bank’s warnings, the citizen wire transferred the money to the fraudster and now they owe the bank the money they transferred, which never really existed.

St. Albert RCMP want to remind the public that if you receive a phone call, where someone is posing as an individual from a credit card company or bank and they asked to access your computer/electronic device, do not allow this. 

If you have been a victim of fraud or would like more information on all the different fraudulent scams in Canada, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre @ www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca

Anyone who has information on any crime is asked to contact the St. Albert RCMP Detachment at 780-458-7700 or their local police.  If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play.