March is Fraud Month!
BROCKVILLE – Detectives with the Brockville Police Services Criminal investigation Branch are reminding residents to be extremely cautious of online purchases where the victim is being asked for a deposit to hold an item for viewing or sale.
A 31 year old man attended to the Brockville Police Service to report that he had agreed to make a deposit through e-transfer to view a 2010 Lexus he was interested in purchasing which he had found on Kijiji. The fraudster had provided a Hotmail.com email address to transfer the money to a Brockville address to view the vehicle and his wife’s name and a phone number to contact. When he arrived at the residence to see the vehicle, there was no car for sale and no one at the residence with the name provided, and residents had no idea about a vehicle for sale and the male victim had lost his deposit.
Brockville Police are reminding residents to never electronically transfer money to persons, businesses or organizations you do not know or trust. Prior to completing online purchases, search the individual, business, organization online for other similar scams. Be extremely cautious if asked to transfer money to Hotmail, Yahoo, or Gmail accounts you do not know or recognize or sending money to persons outside of Canada.
And finally, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!