Seniors are being targeted in another phone scam.
 
Strathcona County RCMP are warning locals of the "dishonest teller" fraud.
 
Usually an elderely victim receives a phone call from someone claiming to be an employee or manager at their bank. They're led to believe a bank employee has stolen from their account and help is needed to catch the culprit.
 
Next, the victim is told the bank has replaced their money, but need the victim to withdraw a large amount of cash and hand it over to someone posing as a security officer or bank investigator. A variety of explanations are given, from checking serial numbers, audits or even to mark the currency and deposit it again to see if the "dishonest teller" withdraws any of the money.
 
Police have some tips to protect against falling victim to this scam.
- Don't give out financial or personal information over the phone or internet.
- The victim should immediately call the bank manager or someone known at the bank to let them know what happened.
- A bank employee will never ask anyone to withdrawal money and hand it over.
- Never give cash to someone not known or are meeting for the first time.
- Banks will never ask citizen help in undercover investigations or ask citizens to withdraw money from their account.
- Be diligent in checking bank statements and accounts and report any questionable activity to the bank as soon as possible.
 
More information and tips are available from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll-free at 1-888-495-8501.
 

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