Whitehorse RCMP are reminding citizens to be cautious when answering phone calls from people claiming to represent credit card companies or banks.
Recently, a Whitehorse resident called the RCMP to report a phone scam. A caller from a 905 number said he was from a credit card company and needed to verify the resident’s credit card number.
The resident grew suspicious. After asking some questions, the caller hung up the phone.
The RCMP has confirmed this scam is being orchestrated across the country. The originating number is (905) 222-2123.
A few people have contacted the detachment about it, said Cst. Christine Grant. If residents do receive calls from people claiming to be from banks or financial institutions, they should call those banks or institutions directly to verify the information, she said.
Police seek safety concerns
The Whitehorse RCMP has created a group to better learn about residents’ safety concerns.
The Whitehorse Community Consultative Group is comprised of representatives from neighbourhood associations, the business community and different not-for-profits. Citizens can bring concerns to the group, which will then relay them to the police.
The group will meet at least four times a year said Sgt. Don Rogers with the Whitehorse detachment.
The territory gives the RCMP priorities to focus on, he said. The new group lets the police know if these priorities match up with residents’ concerns.
Rogers is the police liaison on the group, but he cannot vote on anything, he said.
“It’s got to be owned and driven by the community, not the police,” he said.
Residents can send their safety concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org. The police cannot access the email account, said Rogers.