A phone scam is duping Vancouver seniors out of millions of dollars. (File)

Latest phone scam tricks Vancouver seniors out of $3.1 million

Police caution the public about using a landline phone

Vancouver police are warning the public about another phone scam bilking seniors out of millions of dollars.

Elderly citizens were tricked out of $3.1 million in five different cases, according to a new release on Wednesday.

The fraudsters called from a landline and pretended to be an employee of a jewelry story or a police officer. He would then convince them their credit card had been fraudulently used for a large purchase or that the police needed their help with a fraud investigation.

The fraudster then told them to hang up and call their bank or 9-1-1. The victims would hang up, then pick up the phone again, but the suspects never disconnected. Police believe they played a recording of a dial tone before answering what the victim thought was a new phone call.

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“Awareness is the key to preventing phone scams like this one. When you use a hardline phone, anytime you hang up, there is an opportunity for someone to still be connected with you on the other line,” said VPD Sgt. Jason Robillard. “Consider using a cell phone or make sure you are disconnected after you hang up.”

In two of the five cases, officers were able to recover $2.5 million of stolen money. Police believe more victims may be out there and ask them to call Vancouver police at 604-717-0503.



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