West Vancouver Police say they have seen a series of reports of a new type of scam targeting people who take prescription drugs.
The fraud involves a person cold calling residents of West Vancouver, pretending to be from a local pharmacy and claiming their script has been completed. They just need a credit card number to process it, go.
“Over the past week, we’ve received about 30 calls regarding the exact same scam. They are only those who chose to call the police on this matter. There are probably a lot more, ”said Const. West Vancouver Police spokesperson Kevin Goodmurphy. “They guess. They’re hoping someone has a standing order with a local pharmacy. Enough people doing this, it wouldn’t be strange for a lot of people to get that call.
Taking the scam a step further, the appellant sometimes offered home delivery of the drugs, which requires the victim to hand over their home address, another personal information that can be used in identity theft.
Goodmurphy said he was proud of the people who sensed the trouble and alerted West Vancouver police, although he added that he was aware of at least two cases of crooks making illegal purchases with stolen credit card information. Fortunately, these are relatively small amounts.
These days, Goodmurphy said, it’s good to be wary of divulging personal information over the phone. If in doubt, hang up and verify the number so you can call yourself back or venture there in person, he said.
“It’s pretty reasonable to think that your pharmacy wouldn’t necessarily call and look for credit card information,” he said.