Victoria Police catch phone scammer in the act

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Scammers are making phone calls to many Canadians, including on Victoria Police officer. (Getty)

Phone scams are running rampant for Canadians at the moment, and one unfortunate scammer happened to connect with a police officer.

Constable Rutherford of the Victoria Police is shown in a video shared by the force on Twitter, getting asked questions like what his name is, and asking some questions back to a very unhelpful caller.

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The video appears to begin midway through the conversation.

“Service Canada, how can I help you?” asks the caller.

“Hello, just wondering what’s happening,” replies Cst. Rutherford.

“May I have your name from which I [inaudible] that call,” the caller asks.

“You already have my name.”

“Yeah I have, but for the confirmation that I’m talking to the right person [inaudible].”

“And sorry, who are you with?”

[caller disconnects]

In the comments on the video post, many Twitter users share their own frustrations with the recent influx of phone call scams, estimating anywhere between five and 20 phone calls a week from a variety of numbers.

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Many other Canadians are taking to Twitter to complain about the calls they’re receiving, too.

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READ MORE: What should be done to stop scam phone calls?

Canadians are being warned by government agencies not to give out any personal information over the phone, and have shared several examples of the scripts used by these scammers to try and catch victims. If you receive a fraudulent call, you can report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre over the phone at 1-888-495-8501 or through the online reporting system.

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