Bulletin: Text Messages Targeting Youth
All Grandparents, parents, and anyone with a youth in their life, please take note of this alert. Although this has been reported in British Columbia, similar scams are happening across Canada.
The CAFC has received a report of a potential new extortion scam targeting youth. In this scam,
- the suspect sends a text message claiming to be from The Fraser Health Child Abuse and Neglect – Maple Ridge Services.
- The suspect says they’ve received multiple reports of child abuse and need to talk to the parent involved.
- They threaten that if the youth doesn’t share the number, they’ll come to their house and take their family to the police.
EXAMPLE TEXT – This is a sample of a text that is being sent to youth. This is a Scam.
REPORT TO THE POLICE
This is a scam! If your child gets this message, contact your local police and report it to the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre