Abbotsford – On Monday (August 15, 2016), the Abbotsford Police Department received four complaints describing a very similar telephone fraud. The male caller purported to be a member of the APD who was making contact in order to resolve historic immigration issues relating to a family or members of the family receiving the call. The suspect attempted to gain personal information and suggested that a lack of cooperation will result in deportation. Investigators believe that the fraudster will use personal information to obtain funds via credit card or wire transfers from the victims.
NOTE – FVN received a phony call on Monday claiming they were from Microsoft, and that our computers were infected with a bogus virus.
The fraudster uses Caller ID Spoofing to display the phone number of the APD (604-859-5225) in order to make the phone call appear more legitimate. Fortunately, those who reported to us yesterday were suspicious and discontinued the conversation with the caller and contacted the Abbotsford Police Department. The calls appeared to be targeting members of the South Asian Community.
Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or text us at 222973 (abbypd).