June 16, 2024

The local authorities in Halifax, the Halifax Regional Police, has issued a warning to citizens regarding a recent credit card scam incident.

On the 24th of May, an individual was conned by a person feigning to be a bank representative. The fraudster claimed the person’s credit cards have been duplicated and impelled the victim to act fast to recover their funds potentially.

Next, the supposed bank employee’s ‘manager’ came on the line and demanded the cardholder to hand over their credit cards to a bank staffer visiting their home. A swindler then arrived at their home, seized their credit cards, and executed transactions at numerous venues, as per the official news release.

The suspect is a white male, aged somewhere between 20 and 30 years, with a slender frame and was seen operating a black Toyota RAV4.

The police department has released several images of the suspect, hoping that someone might identify him.

Anyone with insights about this incident or anyone who suspects fraud is asked to contact the local police at 902-490-5020 or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

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### Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I suspect a fraudulent call?

If you suspect a scam, hang up right away and contact your local law enforcement agency or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Always remember that financial institutions will never ask for your credit card over the phone.

How can I protect myself from such frauds?

To safeguard yourself from such frauds, never share your personal information or credit card details over the phone unless you initiated the call. Also, always verify the caller’s identity by calling the organization they claim to represent.

What are the common signs of a phone scam?

Common signs include the caller pressurizing you to take quick action, threats of legal action, and requests for personal financial information. Any unexpected call asking for credit card details should immediately raise red flags.