FRAUD – RECOGNIZE IT….STOP IT…Report Fraud.

Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have recently responded to various calls in relation to Fraud scams. The OPP is reminding the public about some of these scams and help prevent you from becoming a victim of one.

Fake call from Microsoft

If you receive a call from Microsoft saying your computer has a virus and they need urgent access to your computer. It’s a scam, they really want your personal information and your money. Microsoft will NEVER call so JUST HANG UP!

Grandparent Scam or Emergency Scam

Victims receive a phone call from someone claiming to be a grandchild or a loved one (relative). The caller will explain that the loved one is involved in some sort of mishap and they need money right away. Some mishaps may involve getting out of jail or a foreign country.

Warning signs to look out for

Urgency –  The scammer always makes the request sound very urgent, which may cause the victim to not verify the story.

Fear – The scammer plays on the victim’s emotions by generating a sense of fear by saying that they are afraid and need help.

Secrecy – The scammer pleads with the victim not to tell anyone about the situation.

Request for Money Transfer – Money is usually requested to be sent by a money transfer company such as Money Gram, Western Union or through the victims bank.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam

The CRA will NEVER do the following:

• Request personal information of any kind by email or by phone.
• Divulge taxpayer information unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer.
• Leave personal information on an answering machine.

Problems like identity theft are becoming more prevalent, now more than ever residents need to ensure that they secure and protect their personal information. This is key to prevention.

For information call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online at www.antifraudcentre.ca