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Phone scamming rash in Kamloops

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December 12, 2012 - 3:12 PM

RCMP are warning Kamloops residents about potential phone scams that have popped up this holiday season.

The Kamloops RCMP Scam Line was notified today of calls by a fraudster claiming tone police seeking donations to educate children in schools.

Fraud scam has occurred throughout the province, RCMP Staff Sgt. Grand Learned said. While some scammers impersonate strangers, some choose to impersonate loved ones.

A 74-year-old Kamloops woman received a call Dec. 7 from a man claiming to be her grandson. He requested $2,500 bail money, saying he was in trouble with the law. The woman called police who searched the caller's number (514-365-3558) online and found several similar scam reports.

When police dialled the number, the caller identified himself as Richard Steinberg before hanging up.

Learned said anyone with information regarding this scam or any other scam should contact RCMP or the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. He also advised residents to educate themselves by visiting the centre's website.

—Jessica Wallace

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