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Powassan OPP warn public of phone call scams

Tuesday, December 17, 2013   by: Kate Adams

OPP News Release

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Powassan Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received three (3) complaints in the past week in regards to phone call scams.

One caller claimed to be a grandson of the complainant, who was in trouble and needed $2,400 sent to him.

Another caller claimed to be a nephew of the complainant; stating that he had been in an accident, was now in jail and needed $1800.00 to be transferred to him.

The “nephew” had his lawyer get on the phone and explain to complainant how to transfer the money.

And the third caller claimed to be from a bank who wanted to help the complainant reduce the interest rate on their credit card and requested that they provide the last 4 digits of the credit card.

In these cases, a fraud did not take place as none of the complainants sent money or gave any information that was requested.

The complainants followed the right path to keep themselves safe from potential phone scams.

Be extra cautious when you receive an unsolicited call and when the caller requests personal information or credit card information. 

It’s not always easy to spot a scam especially since new ones are invented every day.

You can report a potential scam by going to www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or by calling the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

If you have become a victim of a fraud or scam, contact your local police immediately to report the crime.

If your credit cards or bank accounts are involved, notify your bank or credit card company as soon as possible so they can assist you.

Fraud: Recognize it . . . Report it . . . Stop it.

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