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Scammers target Burnaby residents who take prescription drugs

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Phil is a pretty proud father.

The Burnaby dad (who doesn’t want his full name used because this story involves criminals) read a story on the NOW’s website about a new scam that targets people who take prescription medicine and reached out to tell how his son foiled a scammer.

Phil’s son, who is 16, was visiting his “favourite” auntie in North Burnaby recently when the phone. Auntie – who is in her 80s – picked up her landline (yes, some people still have those) and started talking to someone.

“His auntie was sounding all flustered about why the pharmacist was calling her at this time of day,” said Phil. “She said, ‘Why can’t I pay when I pick it up?’ That’s when my son took action. He grabbed the phone and asked what was going on. There was silence on the other end and just breathing so my son hung up. I’m sure it was a scammer. They wanted her to pay for the prescription over the…

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