DAWSON CREEK -- The City of Dawson Creek is warning residents to be vigilant after receiving notice of a phone scam that sees scammers impersonating city employees.

In a notice published to social media, the city says the scammers are duplicating the phone number of City Hall and asking for payment for city services, such as property taxes, to be made through the purchase of gift cards.

The City says staff would never ask residents to make payments via gift cards, and have laid out a set of guidelines that residents can follow to confirm whether or not a caller is legitimate.

If you are unsure, the city says you can call 311 and dial ‘#0’ to be directed to the department you are looking to reach.

In the case of email notices, the city says email addresses will always end in “dawsoncreek.ca” and residents can always email communications@dawsoncreek.ca to ensure an emails received are legitimate.

The notice comes following a number of online, phone, and email scams that have come to the attention of Dawson Creek RCMP and similar occurrences of scams targeting Northern Health patients.