Scam targeting seniors hits Williams Lake

Another scam targeting seniors hit Williams Lake, warns a local senior.

Another scam targeting seniors hit Williams Lake Friday.

This time around the scammer tells the victim they’ve won a high end Mercedes Benz work $2.5 million.

“I got the call this morning,” Donna Jeffries told the Tribune. “The caller told me we were being awarded because we pay our utility bills on time.”

The hitch? Jeffries needed to make a clearance payment of $145 at Walmart or Canada Post, and mail it to Jack Walter, #3 Rainer Street, Gatineau, Que.

Jeffries said her excitement about the wind lasted only a few seconds.

“I kept asking him to repeat the information so I could write it all down. As soon as I hung up I called the police.”

The scammer also told her the win was coming through a Harper government Senior’s Assistance Program.

“This is targeting seniors,” Jeffries said.

When she contacted the Canadian Fraud Centre and gave them the caller’s number — 1-876-8181-285, she was informed it’s a Jamaican cell phone number.

 

Williams Lake Tribune

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