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Warnings issued about two scams

Police are warning Cowichanians about two scams circulating the community.

The first is a secret shopper scam called Shoppers Arena.

“People who have apparently filled out an online application are sent information concerning secret shopping training and a CIBC international money order that they are asked to deposit into their personal accounts before transferring the bulk of the money to an offshore account, and to retain some of the funds for themselves,” North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Const. Markus Lueder explained.

“The other involves a telephone solicitation where the caller states that he is calling on behalf of the RCMP First Nations Community Policing and looking for a donation to the Safe Kids Program.”

There is no such program, Lueder confirmed.

“Police are again warning people not to give their credit card information over the phone, and to keep in mind the rule of thumb that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is not true.”

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