There's another scam circulating that could negatively affect Drumheller residents.
The new scam emails say you owe money, usually for unpaid traffic tickets, and ask you to click a link to see the proof. These emails use the RCMP logo to try and convince recipients that the message is legitimate, but Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles of the Drumheller RCMP was adamant that these emails are not genuine.
"I can tell you that that is not how the RCMP works. We will not be contacting anyone via email, advising them they owe fines," Charles explained. "If you do owe fines, that's probably through the court system and you'll be receiving a letter, or you should be aware of that in advance."
The scam is similar to one that used the Canadian Revenue Agency's logo last year. If you receive an email from either organization, the best thing to do is to delete the email.
"They do try to bank on the honesty of people and they make it official by using RCMP letterhead and perhaps a little bit of fear that if you don't deal with this that you'll get in worse trouble," said Charles. "It's unfortunate that some people have fallen victim to these scams but again, I want to reinforce the fact that that is not how we operate, so do not respond to those emails."
If you receive one of these emails and fall victim to it, contact your local RCMP. Charles said his people are working hard to educate the public, but that these scams are always evolving.
"There will be one scam out there, we'll have a lot of good education advising the public about it. Everyone will become familiar with it, so that scam no longer works. What happens? They pick a different one."
The Competition Bureau of Canada says that seniors are frequent targets of scams and that people aged 60 to 79 lost an estimated $28 million in 2014-17.