DAWSON CREEK -- Dawson Creek RCMP are warning residents to be vigilant following several reports of people falling victim to scams.

Mounties say recent reports show that scammers are posing as businesses, employers, and members of government bodies.

The fraudsters are looking to collect personal and financial information.

In some instances scammers are demanding immediate payment, telling victims they will face legal consequence if they fail to make the payment.

Police say the scammers are preying on victims by modes of communication where their identity cannot be traced, and say there are clues to look out for to know whether or not you’re dealing with a scammer.

In many cases, crypto-currency or gift cards are being requested as payment.

“It is important to remember that legitimate businesses or government bodies will never request payment by these means,” said Cst. Emma Baron in a media release.

Other signs you may be dealing with a scammer according to police include the use of threatening language or being sent online links asking for personal information.

Dawson Creek RCMP is asking anyone who receives scam communication or may have fallen victim to a scam to contact the detachment at (250) 784-3700.