The Sidney/North Saanich RCMP Detachment’s policing area includes:
- The District of North Saanich
- The Town of Sidney
- Four First Nation Communities (Tsartlip, Pauquachin, Tseycum, and Tsawout);
- Willis Point (within the Capital Regional District); and
- A provincial area consisting of 55 islands and a 55-kilometer section of the international border with the United States.
Contact Sidney/North Saanich RCMP.
Protect yourself from scams and fraud
One of the main concerns for the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP is the number of citizens being targeted by fraudsters. Fraud is currently the fastest-growing preventable crime trend affecting our community. Fraudsters often claim to be with agencies such as Canada Revenue, BC Hydro or major banks. The average age of victims locally is 61. We have been working with community agencies to educate as many people as possible on how to avoid falling victim to this crime. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Sidney/North Saanich Detachment at 250-656-3931.
Please review and share the following tips!!
Don’t be afraid to say no
Don’t be intimidated by high-pressure sales tactics. If a telemarketer tries to get you to buy something or to send them money right away:
- Request the information in writing
- Hang up
Watch out for urgent pleas that play on your emotions.
Do your research
Always verify that the organization you’re dealing with is legitimate before you take any other action:
- Verify Canadian charities with the Canada Revenue Agency
- Verify collection agencies with the appropriate provincial agency
- Look online for contact information for the company that supposedly called you, and call them to confirm
- Verify any calls with your credit card company by calling the phone number on the back of your credit card
If you’ve received a call or other contact from a family member in trouble, talk to other family members to confirm the situation.
Watch out for fake or deceptive ads or spoofed emails. Always verify the company and its services are real before you contact them.
Don’t give out personal information
Beware of unsolicited calls where the caller asks you for personal information, such as:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your birthdate
- Your Social Insurance Number (SIN)
- Your credit card or banking information
If you didn’t initiate the call, you don’t know who you’re talking to.
Beware of upfront fees
Many scams request you to pay fees in advance of receiving goods, services, or a prize. It’s illegal for a company to ask you to pay a fee upfront before they’ll give you a loan.
There are no prize fees or taxes in Canada. If you won it, it’s free.
Protect your online accounts
By taking the following steps, you can better protect your online accounts from fraud and data breaches:
- Create a strong password by:
- Using a minimum of 8 characters including upper and lower case letters, and at least 1 number and a symbol
- Creating unique passwords for every online account including social networks, emails, financial and other accounts
- Using a combination of passphrases that are easy for you to remember but hard for others to guess
- Enable multi-factor authentication
- Only log into your accounts from trusted sources
- Don’t reveal personal information over social media
Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it is.