$4,600 rip-off in Kincardine


A Kincardine resident is out $4,600 after being bilked last week by a fraudster.

The South-Bruce OPP is investigating the fraud after the resident reported it on Aug. 27 at 9:42 a.m. A person claiming to be a Bank of Montreal (BM)) employee had called to report an internal banking error, which meant the customer owed the bank $4,600. An arrangement was made for the money to be hand delivered at Victoria Park in Kincardine. By the time the scam was recognized, the money was long gone.

Police warn the public to be cautious when receiving unsolicited calls regarding your money or personal information. While BMO is a legitimate banking institution, scammers often identify themselves as an employee of a legitimate company in order to gain your trust.

There is no magic to prevent fraud. If something seems too good to be true, it most likely is. If it seems strange, check it out - scams will be revealed if you start asking questions. There is no limit to the schemes that a tech-savvy con artist can dream up. You work  hard for your money, so work hard to protect it.

Anyone interested in more information on fraud can call the Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or check online at www.antifraudcentre.ca. If you have any information that could assist police investigate this fraud, contact them at 1-888-310-1122 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or sent a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org, where you might be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.