New twist found on an old phone scam

When first pitch didn't work, caller tried intimidation tactic

Qualicum Beach resident Connie Henderson has a warning for area residents about a new twist on an old scam. After receiving a call from someone purporting to be from Publisher’s Clearing House informing her of a multi-million dollar win — as long as she sent $1,500 to claim her prize — she hung up on the obvious scammer, only to receive a second call mere seconds later, claiming to be from the RCMP and ordering her to play along with the previous caller. She didn’t fall for it, noting that the voice on the line was exactly the same as the first caller.

“I was quite amused by it,” she said.