Mail scammers target Osoyoos

OSOYOOS - Email and snail-mail scams promising big bucks have been reported in the Osoyoos area.

Over the last week, Osoyoos RCMP received three reports of scams targeting people in the area. Two happened over the internet as emails while the other was a hand-written letter. 

One of the scams was from a fictitious law firm stating they were representing a deceased client, apparently involved in a car accident with his entire family, but without any known next of kin. The target is then asked to be a next of kin family representative, to receive 40 per cent of the estate, with 10 per cent going to charity and the remaining 50 per cent going to the law firm.

The second scam baits the victim with a mystery shopper advertisement. The target is sent a cheque that looks real but isn't valid from JP Morgan Chase Bank, Toronto branch, and promised additional bank funds once the victim sends money.

Police want to remind the public that it doesn't cost money to win money or claim a prize. If you are unsure or have been called by a fraud artist, please call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Section toll free at 1-888-495-8501, or contact them through www.phonebusters.com.

To contact a reporter for this story, to send photos or videos, email Shannon Quesnel at squesnel@infotelnews.ca, call 250-488-3065, send tweets to @shannonquesnel1 or @InfoNewsPentict.


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