Thursday, November 5, 2009

Phone Scam and Upcoming Party for Revolution Vintage 11/20/09

Hi Friends,
This was recently sent to me by a Malibu resident requesting I blast it out. I normally do not send out stuff that is too random but this is a little different because I have a Granma here in Malibu a and similar thing happened in the past but we busted the people trying to scam her. Please take a look and forward the info to anyone you think will benefit from it.

Police Warn Public as Reports of the "Emergency" Cash Phone Scam Double

Police are warning the public to be vigilant against the “Emergency Scam,” also called the “Grandparent Scam,” in the wake of a significant increase in complaints filed with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre.

The typical scenario for this fraud is a grandparent receives a phone call from a con-artist claiming to be one of his or her grandchildren. The caller says they are in some kind of trouble – usually a car accident, trying to return from a foreign country, or they need funds to pay bail – and need money immediately. The caller specifically asks the victim to not contact other relatives because the caller doesn't want to “get in trouble” with other family members. Wanting to help their grandchild, the victim sends money electronically, usually through a form of money transfer.

Variations on the scam exist where the con-artist claims to be an old neighbor or friend of the family, etc.

The CAFCC (formerly called PhoneBusters) was established in 1993 and is jointly operated by the RCMP, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Competition Bureau Canada . The CAFCC is a national call centre where people can report fraud complaints and the information is used to assist in investigations. The CAFCC plays a key role in educating the public about specific fraudulent mass marketing and identity theft pitches. It also helps to prevent similar crimes from taking place in the future through its ability to identify emerging trends.

To report a fraud call 1-888-495-8501 or report online at http://www.recol.ca/
http://www.phonebusters.com/english

I know this is a bit Random for Sicky Dicky to be emailing out but please take note if you or someone you know may be effected.

On a better note. SDP will be hosting a store opening party for the new Revolution Vintage boutique women's clothing store in Cross Creek on Friday November 20th from 7-11pm. Please mark you calendars. More info to follow in the coming days.

Hope all is well!!!

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