Provincial Police are also reporting of a recent scam taking place in fergus that the general public should watch out for. OPP received a fraud complaint from a resident yesterday about an unknown male posing as a legal counsel for his son. The man claimed that following a motor vehicle in Calgary there needed to be a payment of sorts to rectify the situation. The fraudster claimed the payment needed to be made in “Steam” Gift Cards, which is an online gaming platform.The gift cards were purchased and serial registration numbers were provided over the phone for a total of $9200.
Police continue to investigate this fraud.
- Protect yourself; remember scammers are counting on the fact that you will want to act quickly to help your loved ones in an emergency.
- Never send money to anyone you don’t know and trust. Verify the person’s identity before you take any steps to help. Scammers usually want you to keep things confidential; this should raise your suspicions.
- Don’t give out any personal information to the caller.
- Investigate by asking the person questions that only your loved one would be able to answer. Call the child’s parents or friends to verify the story. Ask yourself, does the caller’s story make sense?
- Educate your relatives, friends, and neighbours about this scam.
What should I do if I have been scammed? You should report the matter immediately to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online at www.antifraudcentre.ca