There are many sophisticated frauds and scams in Canada. The intent of many of these frauds and scams is to take your hard earned money.
On Monday, April 4, 2022, Killaloe OPP responded to an online fraud call in the Township of Bonnechere Valley. The complainant answered an online ad to purchase a puppy. After sending a sum of money by e-transfer the puppy was never received.
On Wednesday, April 6, 2022, Killaloe OPP responded to a fraud call on the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan Ontario First Nation Territory. The complainant donated a sum of money to an online individual to support a cause. The complainant was instructed that after sending the money they would be awarded an even larger sum of money. The online individual became increasingly demanding, leading the caller to contact police.
Police remind community residents of the following TIPS to protect yourself:
- Never provide personal information such as name, date of birth or address by phone, text or e-mail unless you initiated it.
- Never provide financial information or social insurance number by phone, text or e-mail unless you initiated it.
- Never purchase and send gift card information to anyone claiming that you must do this to collect a prize.
- Never send money in any form to anyone claiming you have won a prize and need to send money to receive that prize.
- Immediately contact your financial institution if you have provided any of your financial information.
- Always check your source before making a purchase.
Never give out personal information unless you have verified the source and the person asking for it is legally entitled to that information. For more information please visit: the Canadian Anti-Fraud centre online at www.antifraudcentre.ca or call 1-888-495-8501.
Yarmel,C., OPP Killaloe Detachment(2022,Apr.11) Killaloe OPP investigate fraud complaints [media release]