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RCMP Press Release - Scam Warning

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The following press release was issued by the RCMP today.

Nov. 8, 2023

Edson RCMP warns public of new scam

Edson, Alta. – Edson RCMP have recently been made aware of a scam involving a group of people physically impersonating police officers.

In the most recent case, an Edson victim was called by a number listed as RCMP. When they answered the phone, the person on the other end of the line stated they were calling from the RCMP and that the victim was going to be arrested due to some outstanding “money laundering” scheme.

At the same time, two people, dressed as police officers, knocked on the door asking if the victim had gotten a call. The two suspects confirmed that the victim would be arrested unless they pay a fee. The victim was instructed to empty their account and purchase gift cards and give the information to the person on the phone. The suspect on the phone said that the money would be given back if it was proven that they were not part of an ongoing investigation.

Edson RCMP are asking anyone who was in the area of 4th avenue, 63rd street and 56th street in Edson, on Nov. 3, 2023, between the hours of 10-11 a.m., and may have seen something or have access to dashcam or surveillance footage, to please call the Edson RCMP detachment.

Alberta RCMP would like to remind the public to always be aware of scammers:

  • At no time will an RCMP officer request a fee, gift cards, or otherwise money in exchange of forgoing an arrest.
  • If an arrest warrant is issued, the warrant will be executed as specified on the warrant. If a warrant to search a home or seize an account is granted, the warrant will be executed as specified and you are entitled to read the warrant.
  • If ever you are in the presence of someone stating they are a police officer and you have doubts, you are allowed to ask for identification. Furthermore, you may call 911 or your local detachment or dispatch number to confirm that the officers before you are who they say they are. 

If you, or anyone you know, has fallen victim to this scam, please contact the Edson RCMP Detachment at 780-723-8822, or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store. To report crime online, or for access to RCMP news and information, download the Alberta RCMP app through Apple or Google Play.