Residents asked to be careful after new phone scam discovered

Between phone scams and stolen car parts, local RCMP have been kept busy.

Stolen car parts found

On Jan. 14, the Nakusp RCMP executed a search warrant for a stolen vehicle in the Canyon Court Trailer park.

The vehicle contained stolen parts which were identified with the assistance of an Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) special investigator.

“We’ve been doing a lengthy property crime investigation in respect to some of our local prolific offenders, and we stumbled upon this,” said Corporal Jason Burndred of the Nakusp RCMP.

RCMP will be reccomending charges, but as of yesterday, these charges are pending.

“We would at this point recommend charges of possession of property obtained by crime,” said Burndred.


Phone scam alert

RCMP would like to alert the public to a phone scam which has been discovered.

Fraudsters are able to change their phone numbers to already existing ones. The fraudsters impersonate police officers and explain the person is in trouble, they then ask for money to either pay an outstanding fine or warrant.

“We haven’t experienced this one,” said Corporal Jason Burndred of the Nakusp RCMP. “We’ve experienced people identifying themselves as Revenue Canada, and we had numerous calls on that earlier, about early fall.”

The RCMP will never ask members of the public for any money. Outstanding fines are generally dealt with at your local ICBC or Municpal government building.

“It’s not good, because they’re preying on the trust that people have with the police, and they’re using that for nefarious intents,” said Burndred.

Any suspicious calls should be reported to the Nakusp RCMP.


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