Bowen's January RCMP statistics: more reports of phone and online scams

The Bowen Island RCMP responded to 46 calls for service in January of 2020

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  • 1 of those files was a roadblock
  • 4 of those files were roadside driving prohibitions
  • 4 of those files were minor collisions with no injuries
  • 3 of those files were fraud reports
  • 4 of those files were incomplete or pocket dial 911 calls

There have been several reports of phone or online scams, predominantly targeting older residents. Police would like to remind people that the Canada Revenue Agency, the Canada Border Services Agency, Service Canada, or any other Government organization, would not contact them by phone and demand payment in any form. None of those organizations would advise a person by phone of a warrant for their arrest or suspicious activity associated to their social insurance number. Please do not send money to anyone in the form of a bank draft, bit coin, gift cards or iTunes cards, unless you are certain of whom you are sending it to and what service you are paying for. Any suspicious or scam phone calls can be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. If you’re ever uncertain about a call or email that you received please don`t hesitate to contact the police before you continue to communicate with the caller or sender.

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