Scam targeting Ottawa Facebook group leaves hundreds without Hatchimals

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Hundreds of Ottawa residents are scrambling to find new Christmas presents after a massive Hatchimal scam rocked a popular Facebook Group. Members of the ‘From East to West Ottawa Co-Op Facebook Group’ found out Friday that the Hatchimals they ordered back in October won’t be arriving. The group organizers said the $36,000 they collected from group members was taken by scammers overseas. 

Be extra cautious when purchasing online

The Ottawa Police Fraud Unit is investigating. It said the money was sent overseas in Malaysia and added that solving these kinds of cases and recovering the money is often extremely challenging. Police remind consumers to be extra cautious when making purchases online, especially when the items are coming from overseas vendors. 

Read more at CTV News.

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.