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Scammers seeking 'bail' money in Kamloops, police warn

Scammers in Kamloops are posing as lawyers and friends of victims' family members, trying to get fictitious legal fees.

Kamloops RCMP is warning the public after it got "multiple recent reports" in the city today, according to to a Dec. 28 news release.

“While scam phone calls have unfortunately become very common, the crimes committed today are particularly concerning as the offenders are attempting to make arrangements to meet with the victims personally," Sgt. Kevin McIntyre of Kamloops RCMP said in the news release.

The suspected scammers are claiming they need bail or legal fees, but police didn't say whether they've succeeded in any attempts.

"We would like the public to understand the bail process in Canada is very different than what is portrayed in American television, which would never involve meeting a stranger in a parking lot or restaurant. It is important to never give out personal information or your home address," McIntyre said.

The news release points possible victims to the B.C. Law Society's lawyer directory, where the public can confirm whether a lawyer is active in the province.

Kamloops RCMP is actively investigating the scams, but didn't provide much detail on the alleged incidents in the news release.

The news release did, however, say it can "assist anyone who may be concerned their loved one has been taken into custody."

Anyone with information about the scams can contact the detachment at 250-828-3000.

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