Whistler Media Briefs

Whistler, Pemberton

2020-07-15 12:43 PDT

Fraud in the Whistler and Pemberton Communities

Over the last week the RCMP has had multiple reports of people receiving phone calls demanding monies to avoid some type of prosecution or arrest. The calls received by residents have scammers claiming to be police, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), banks, local businesses, Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA), and Service Canada.

In all cases the caller would claim that the victim was required to pay a debt to avoid prosecution, arrest, leans, stoppage of benefits, deportation or to correct a bad credit rating. The method of payment demanded in the last week has been Bitcoin or Visa/Google pay cards; however, could be any type of gift card. When the caller requests gift cards they have the victim purchase a large quantities of cards, peel off the security covers on the cards and provide them the information over the phone. Over the last week most callers made the correct choice by providing no personal information or hanging up, unfortunately, some of the people contacted have been defrauded of thousands of dollars.

The Whistler RCMP are warning all residents that if any caller claiming to be a government agency, bank or business reaches out to you unsolicited to take caution, provide no personal information, ask questions and to take the time to confirm the callers information. In some of the cases the caller will offer to transfer you to an investigating officer; however, they are only passing the phone to another scammer. If you have any suspicion as to the validity of the caller hang up, look up the number to the agency they claim to work for yourself and make a call to confirm. Any legitimate government agency or business will not object to you phoning back to confirm the callers information.

RCMP wish to advise the public that police, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), banks, local businesses, Canada Border Service agency (CBSA), and Service Canada do not contact people by phone and demand they purchase gift cards to settle any alleged debt or to avoid prosecution. If you are a victim of this scam please advise your local RCMP office as well as contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or 1-888-495-8501.

Break into garage and three bikes stolen

On July 10, 2020 at approximately 11:30 AM Whistler RCMP responded to a report of a garage that had been broken into in the 8400 block of Golden Bear Place, Whistler. Police learned that between July 9th at 11:00 PM and July 10th at 09:00 AM a suspect(s) entered an unlocked door to the garage and stole three high value bikes. The three bikes are described as: A 2018, red and black Specialized Stump Jumper 29 carbon expert mountain bike with full suspension and silver lettering; a red and black Specialized Robaix mountain bike with silver lettering and white seat; and a red and black Specialized Robaix Mountain bike with white accents. Police are reminding residence to please ensure your property is secure and doors locked to make it more difficult for someone who may be looking for a crime of opportunity. Police are asking if you have any information on this incident to please contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or Crimestoppers.

Released by

S/Sgt. Paul Hayes

North Zone Commander
Sea to Sky Detachment RCMP Whistler/Pemberton
seatosky.bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
4315 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC, V0N 1B49
Office: 604-932-3044

Email: paul.hayes@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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