If you're like many in the southeast, you may have received a text message from someone you don't know informing you of funds available, or asking you to send information to a certain email address.

"As in any type of concern computer-related," shared Detective Trevor Roberts with the Estevan Police Service, "or cell phone, make sure that you never disclose anything or open any attachments that could link you to something further on that device. We never know where that's going to go and what information could be compromised once those links are opened."

He added that these scams are becoming more sophisticated.

"There are a lot of messages that are sent that are very well-worded. In fact, sometimes if it's an email, they'll have logos matching from a legit website."

He suggested that if you are concerned that an email or text is not from a reputable source, contact that institution directly and ask them whether or not they sent that message.

"There is a toll-free anti-fraud line that basically encompasses the whole country. If you've given information too soon and didn't realize until after and you are a victim of that scam then for sure, call us so we can have an investigator look into it for you."

You can also report an incident online.

With these types of scams seemingly on an endless loop, Detective Roberts shared that they are working hard to put a dent in the scams we see.

"There's a lot of measures in place but generally it does start at a local level. It does go up to different units which would be provincial and federally regulated or overseen. This generally isn't just a trend local to certain communities, it seems like these scams do go across western Canada."

"It does generally start with your local police but then it gets filtered up depending on the information and types of scams to a more national level."

He added that he has seen a variety of scams go around as scammers switch from one tactic to another from iTunes cards to CRA, lottery scams and text and email scams written by someone posing as a family member. 

 

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