Winnipeg police warning public of elaborate phone scam


Winnipeg police are warning the public of an elaborate scam call in which a scammer poses as multiple people before eventually asking for money.

Police say the scammer initially claims to be an officer and gives a fake badge number. They then tell the victim their credit card has been compromised and someone is in custody concerning the fraud.

If the victim is on a landline, the scammer asks them to call 911 or another number to confirm the claim. But the scammer won’t hang up, which results in the victim believing they’ve made a new call. Instead, the scammer stays connected and acts as if they are a different person or transfers the victim to another scammer.

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