Canada Post employee may have saved Qualicum Beach fraud victim $8,000

The Canada Post employee noticed 'suspicious money transfers'

A Canada Post employee’s keen eye may have saved a Qualicum Beach senior thousands of dollars.

According to police, a 75-year-old woman wired approximately $8,000 to fraud artists claiming to be lawyers and insurance agents representing the victim’s son.

“She was out around $8,000 and when she came in (to the post office) again to make another transaction a post person said ‘Hold on, you should contact police,'” Oceanside RCMP Cpl. Jesse Foreman told The NEWS.

The Canada Post employee noticed “suspicious money transfers” and immediately stopped the victim.

Police are investigating the incident, commonly known as the Family Emergency Scam.

Foreman explains the scam is operated by fraudsters claiming to be a family member, a close friend of a family member or even a lawyer representing a member of your family who will advise the potential victim about an “urgent situation” that requires immediate funds.

He said “common themes” have been that the family member was arrested or got into an accident while traveling abroad and noted the fraudster will then claim fees are required immediately for hospital or medical expenses, or even bail.

“Protect yourself by never voluntarily giving out a family member’s name or information to an unknown caller and always question any urgent request for money,” said Foreman. “When in doubt please seek the advice of friends or family.”

Since 2009, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) has received 17,132 emergency scam complaints were received accounting for more than $24 million dollars in reported losses. The average loss per victim was $3,743.07.

Of the 17,132 complaints, there were 11,889 emergency scam occurrences reported by Canadians.

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach mayor plans to run for re-election

Teunis Westbroek hopes to continue serving needs of Town’s residents as mayor

Royals finish second at 18U provincials

The Save-on-Foods Parksville Royals missed a golden opportunity to earn a ticket… Continue reading

Group raising money to stop Parksville supportive housing project

GoFundMe page has $15.2 K for lawyer fees raised since July 8

Hot stretch leaving Parksville Qualicum Beach homeless in need

Manna looks for water, sunscreen donations

District 69 athletes to compete at BC Summer Games

Opening ceremony aims to inspire, delight and entertain

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

Hundreds of athletes and thousands of volunteers, coaches, parents and officials

Premiers to wrap up 2 days of meetings at New Brunswick seaside resort

Meetings held in the scenic seaside town of St. Andrews on Thursday focused on trade

B.C. city wants pot punted from farmland

Concerned about conversion from growing food to making marijuana

World’s translators push back on forcing Trump interpreter to testify

Democrats had asked translator to testify about Trump’s lengthy conversation with Putin in Helsinki

No decision on B.C. school stabbing suspect’s mental fitness for trial

The BC Review Board could not determine whether Gabriel Klein, 21, is fit to stand trial

Canadian government threatens to retaliate if Trump imposes auto tariffs

U.S president had suggested that auto imports pose a national security risk to the U.S.

Wildfire evacuation order forces bride to search for new wedding venue

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards is under an order due to the Mount Eneas wildfire south of Peachland

Recent online kitten abuse video raises serious social media questions

UBC and UFV profs weigh in on the subject of online sharing, shaming, and our digital landscape

UPDATED: ICBC fights back against claims that it’s ‘ripping off’ B.C. RV drivers

Canadian Taxpayers Federation is urging the provincial government to open up ICBC to competition

Most Read