Strathcona County RCMP is currently investigating a scam that involves selling timeshares.
According to police, many of these timeshare scams involve someone pretending to be a real estate agent who claims they're interested in negotiating a deal with a timeshare.
These scammers are going to great lengths in appearing real — they'll use the information of reputable businesses, creating fake websites and official-looking documents.
Once the victim is persuaded into selling their timeshare, the scammer asks the victim to send money for reasons such as closing costs, taxes, and other fees.
Police say when the money is sent, the scammer requests more money for "unforeseen expenses." Once that money is sent, the scammer cuts contact and the victim is left with thousands of dollars lost.
According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, the best protection from scammers is to learn how to resist being pushed into a decision because of how persuasive or aggressive the scammer is.