OPP warns of scams running locally

by | Nov 1, 2022 | Local News

South Bruce and Dufferin OPP detachments are sending out fraud warnings after a significant amount of money has been lost by residents recently.
In South Bruce, scams commonly known as the “Bitcoin” and “Romance” scam have been reported in the past six weeks, with combined losses over half a million dollars. Dufferin County has seen an uptick in reports of the ‘grandparent’ scam.
Both departments are offering tips to help residents avoid becoming a victim.
Never share personal information when chatting online. This includes emails, texts, and social media sites.
Question unsolicited “Crypto stock trading” offers. Thoroughly research online trading and the company/broker before you consider any investment.
Ask yourself, “Would someone I have never met declare their love after a few online chats?” Think of a request for money as a red flag.
In a typical grandparent scam, victims receive a frantic phone call from someone claiming to be a loved one. The caller will explain they are in some sort of emergency situation, needing money right away. The scammer will often insist the victim does not tell anyone. The call could also involve someone claiming to be an official.
To avoid becoming a victim, check with another family member or trusted friend to verify the information.
The OPP is continuing to investigate all cases.
Anyone interested in more information on fraud can call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or check online at antifraudcentre.ca.

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