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Old phone scams chasing residents' long distance codes

South Okanagan residents should not follow the instructions of callers Crime Stoppers and RCMP officials say. Several area residents have already been hurt by telephone scams.
July 22, 2013 - 2:29 PM

SOUTH OKANAGAN - Old telephone scams are targeting seniors and residents once again.

Several people in the Osoyoos-Oliver area were victimized by a long distance phone scam, Crimestoppers co-ordinator Al Sismey said.

Someone called a residential number, claimed they were from Telus and asked the resident to press 9 then 0 followed by the # sign. The caller then got access to the resident's long distance service.

Sismey said do not follow the instructions of another caller.

The seniors telephone scam is another old but still used con. This is when someone claims to be a senior's great nephew or niece and asks for money to help them out of a tough spot.

Sismey said to never listen or follow another's instructions. "Do not give out information until you verify the information you've been given."

"It seems like all of these different scams come around again," he said.

Penticton RCMP Sgt. Rick Dellebuur said these cons are ongoing and that there are "always scams."

Residents can call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or send an email to info@antifraudcentre.ca to report a scam or request more information.

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

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