A new twist on a phone scam has made its way to BC. We’re going to tell you about the vitamin phone scam and what to do if you get the call.

How the vitamin phone scam works

A scammer calls you and claims they’re a part of the regional health authority and want to discuss the benefits of vitamins. They may try and sell you vitamins and gain access to your financial information, such as your credit card details.

Regional health authorities, such as Island Health, do not contact people to sell products over the phone.

What should I do if I get a scam call?

Hang up and make a report with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. You can report an incident online or by phone (1-888-495-8501).

Scams like this have been known to target seniors, so spread the word and ensure that your friends and family are aware of the scam.

Have you heard of this scam? Share your experience in the comments.

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