The Victoria Financial Crime Unit is warning the public to use caution after a woman received an email from a person claiming to be a VicPD officer.
Patrol officers were called this week after a Victoria resident received an email that stated there was an investigation into the death of her husband.
The email said that if she did not reply, “an investigation including charges may be laid against you.”
The woman was asked to provide personal information which officers believe would have been used fraudulently. Officers think the woman’s name was likely obtained from a recent obituary.
Victoria police say that if you receive an email from a person claiming to be a VicPD officer and you aren’t expecting an email, call them at 250-995-7654 to confirm the credentials and to speak to the officer on the phone.
Also, never open email attachments which you aren’t expecting or if you don’t know the sender.