Mounties offer up tips to avoid Okanagan scammers

A good Samaritan has an empty wallet after helping a man who turned out to be a hard luck scammer.

A 43 year old Kelowna man was approached by an unidentified white man asking for money to pay a large cab fare,  April 24  at 6:15 p.m.

"The man claimed that a friend or family member was coming and promised to pay back the cash once they arrived," said Const. Kris Clark.

"The Kelowna man, being a good Samaritan and trying to help out someone in apparent need, gave up his cash to pay the fare. When the scammer left to pay the taxi driver, he never returned."

Clark said this offers a reminder to be wary of anyone looking for money, and offered up a nice acronym to keep things on track — SCAM.

S-Safe. If you give in, would you be worse off for having done it?

C-Credible. Is the person trying to convince you that they are credible without being verified?

A-Aggressive. Is the scammer using an aggressive tactic, or language, that requires an immediate or imperative response?

M-Motive. Is their motive to deprive you of money or assets (banking information), typically with a promise of greater reward?

"If the answer is 'yes' to any of the above questions, then don’t fall for it. If it’s a phone call, simply hang up. If a letter, throw it away. If in person, kindly tell them you’re not interested," he said.


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