Nelson Police Department – Telephone Fraud

SUBJECT: Telephone Fraud
The Nelson Police Department would like to warn residents of an old but effective scam that is still occurring in Nelson.  NPD received notification earlier today of a resident receiving a telephone call from someone claiming to be from Reader’s Digest and that the person had won a new vehicle which required payment for freight/shipping.  The caller provided the resident numerous avenues for providing payment including bank transfer, purchasing gift cards or pre-paid credit cards, and utilizing money wire transfers to make the payment.
The Nelson Police Department strongly encourages anybody receiving these telephone calls to not provide any personal information.  If any members of the public unwittingly provide any personal information or receive deceptive telemarketing, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.