This incident is under investigation and police are asking anyone with information to contact police.
Typically, this scam starts with a phone call to a resident, usually a senior citizen, from a person claiming to be an “inspector” for the local branch of a bank. The “inspector” tells the resident that he is investigating dishonest activities of a bank employee and appeals to the senior for help in the investigation. The “inspector” gets the victim to agree to take a large sum of money out of his or her bank account in cash. Then the victim waits at a pre-arranged location, turns the cash over to the “inspector” in the belief that the “inspector” will re-deposit the money into the victim’s account, using the teller alleged to be under investigation. The theory given to the victim is that the “inspector” will try to catch the employee in the act of stealing money. In fact, the “inspector” does not work for a bank, never tries to re-deposit any cash and disappears with the victim’s money. Because bank employees are alert and may ask questions when clients withdraw large sums of cash, perpetrators of the “Phony Bank Inspector Scam” may instruct the victim to say the cash is needed for a family emergency, if asked.
The Regina Police Service reminds Regina residents to exercise caution in any phone conversation with individuals requesting financial or personal information.
1. Banks never engage clients in any sort of internal investigations or quality control audits. If you are in doubt, contact your bank or financial institution, by calling the number listed in your phone book, not a phone number suggested by the caller.
2. Police advise that you should never give personal financial information or a Social Insurance Number over the phone in any call where you have not initiated the contact.