RCMP warning the public about recent social media scams.
The RCMP have received several reports of social media scams related to impersonator accounts.
In one recent occurrence, a victim was contacted by someone on Facebook, claiming to be their relative however the suspect created a fake profile in the name of the victim’s relative using photos and other public data to replicate the relative’s account.
The fraudster claimed that they could help the victim obtain grant money from the government. The fraudster then convinces them into releasing personal information to help apply for the fake grant.
For more information about these kinds of scams, please visit the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security website: https://cyber.gc.ca/en/guidance/social-media-account-impersonation