South Bruce OPP says nearly $500,000 in fraud reported in December

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South Bruce OPP received five reports of successful frauds, with losses totaling nearly $500,000, between Dec. 11 and Dec. 29.

These included online purchases made through a fraudulent website – US$97; two incidents of E-transfer made to help a “grandchild” — $3,000 each time; crypto exchange through a fraudulent site – US$140,000 and crypto investing through a fraudulent online broker – $338,000.

“Tech-savvy scammers use technology to create very convincing schemes to trick you into sending them money. They will commonly use the name of a real company to gain your trust so that you will send money or personal information to them,” a police news release said.

The South Bruce OPP tips to avoid scams:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is.
  • Remember that you can’t win a contest that you didn’t enter in the first place.
  • If you have a concern about your computer, take it to a reputable repair shop for service. Do not provide remote access to a “tech” that calls you out of the blue.
  • Gift cards are a red flag. If someone contacts you and directs you to buy gift cards, you need to hang up the phone.
  • Your best defence is to verify any unsolicited contact. Unsolicited means that you didn’t ask for it.
  • For more information on fraud, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1 888 495 8501 or check online.

This article was originally sourced from www.OwenSoundSunTimes.com