Social media fraud cases on the rise: Calgary

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There has been an “increase in the number of frauds” involving someone posting on social media sites like Facebook and Kijiji offering a reward for their stolen or missing property, according to Calgary Police.

“Then that individual is contact by a fraud artist who claims to have information about the stolen property or missing property, when in fact they don’t, and their sole purpose is just to essentially fraudulently get that reward money,” said CPS Const. Paul Teworte.

Teworte called the increase in the number of cyber fraud cases “concerning,” and said that police are looking into the trend.

“We have a cyber-crime investigative team, and a support team that looks into these cases, and a number of officers,” he said.

Police strongly discourage people paying any kind of ransom.

“Don’t pay anything…especially where there is lack of proof for the property – there’s no photo, the person isn’t willing to get police involved, who claims to have the stolen or missing property – these are red flags.”

Read more at Global News

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.