The South-Bruce OPP is once again warning the public about unsolicited phone calls after a local resident was bilked out of nearly $25,000.
Police said they were contacted at about 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 in regards to the fraud. An “attorney from Florida County Court” had made contact with a Municipality of Kincardine resident, and informed them of a significant refund that was “tied up in escrow.” A number of money orders, nearly $25,000 in total, were sent to secure the “refund”. The refund was never received.
At 12:31 p.m. the same day, a Culross Twp. resident called to report a computer repair fraud. The “Windows team” called to advise the resident of computer issues that they could repair, for a fee, of course. The “tech” was allowed access to the computer, and a $149 fee was sent out via PayPal.
Police say there is no magic to preventing fraud. Unsolicited contacts must be verified before you ever think of sharing any personal information or payments. Modern, tech-savvy scammers will sound very convincing and may have even accessed your information before they make contact.
Fraud remains a multi-billion dollar per year enterprise that will only end with con artists stop making money. For more information on fraud, you can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit them online at www.antifraudcentre.ca