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Warning issued over embassy scam

New Westminster – The New Westminster Police Department is warning residents about a telephone scam involving fraudsters posing as employees of foreign embassies.

A New Westminster resident was called by someone claiming to work for the Chinese Embassy who told them they were a suspect in a large investigation. This person told the resident that she would be arrested if she did not cooperate with his demands. He also told her not to tell anyone of the phone call.

Thankfully the victim reported the call to the New Westminster Police Department, and we were able to help her protect herself from the individual who now had her personal information.

“We want everyone to be aware of these scams and to educate their friends and family about them,” stated Sergeant Jeff Scott. “Don’t trust random unknown callers, especially those seeking personal information and money.”

If you receive a call you suspect to be a phone scam, write down the number and never reveal any personal information.

Anyone who believes they are a victim of this scam is being asked to call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

If you suspect you may be the victim of fraud or have been tricked into giving personal or financial information, contact the New Westminster Police Department at 604-525-5411 or call your local police.

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