The woman's phone told her she was receiving a call from Headingly RCMP. Then the officer on the line told her her identity had been stolen.

The Manitoba resident was then instructed to empty her bank account or she would be arrested.

But the call was just the latest scam. Headingly RCMP says a Manitoba woman received a call earlier this month from their detachment's "spoofed" phone number.

Spoofing, the RCMP says, is when a caller deliberately uses a phone number that is not their own to show on Caller ID to disguise their identity.

ce Number (SIN) had been compromised.

The woman was then told a warrant had been issued for her arrest and officers were on their way to her residence.

But the woman was informed she could clear the situation up if she would go to her bank, withdraw all her money and deliver it to a Winnipeg address.

share personal information over the phone such as account numbers, SINs, mother's maiden names, passwords, or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or if the call seems at all suspicious.

  • Should you receive any calls which identify themselves as from a company or government agency, hang up and immediately call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book, or the company or government agency's website to verify the authenticity of the source.