BROCKVILLE – Brockville Police News Briefs for March 22nd, 2017.
Fraud at Petro Canada
Yesterday morning Brockville Police responded to a complaint at the Petro Canada at 340 Stewart Blvd of 3 males using a Petro Points App on their phone to purchase pre-paid VISA cards.
At 930 am yesterday morning officers attended and spoke with staff at the Petro Canada and learned that the suspects attended inside the store and purchased the cards using their phone app. It wasn’t until after they had left staff learned the Points Card numbers used in the phone app were either fraudulent or stolen.
During the investigation police also learned that the Petro Canada at 325 Stewart Blvd was also a victim of the scam and this fraud is in use along the Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa highway corridor.
Businesses are encouraged to act cautiously when accepting points or reward cards as payment for prepaid VISA cards or gift cards especially in large amounts. Either ask for the actual card or for identification of the customer when possible.
The “grandparent” scam is active in the Brockville area again.
In this scam, residents will receive a phone call saying a family member has been involved in an accident or similarly is in some sort of difficulty while away travelling or on business. The caller will say the loved one is in need of money immediately for such things as medical treatment, travel expenses, or bail money and will provide an address to wire the information.
Please do not send money to anyone you do not know. Check with your other family members about the loved one, prior to sending any money.
Busy 24 hour period:
The Brockville Police responded to 34 calls for service during the 24 hour period from 7 am Tuesday morning until 7 am Wednesday morning. There were 4 calls of suspicious persons near businesses or residences, 4 community service calls to assist our partner agencies, 3 alarm calls, 2 threatening complaints and 2 calls for domestic disputes. In addition officers responded to a number of traffic complaints and collisions.
Fraud Month-Tip of the week:
The word phishing comes from the analogy that Internet scammers are using email lures to ‘fish’ for passwords and financial data from the sea of Internet users.
Phishing, also called “brand spoofing”; is the creation of email messages and Web pages that are replicas of existing, legitimate sites and businesses. These Web sites and emails are used to trick users into submitting personal, financial, or password data. These emails often ask for information such as credit card numbers, bank account information, social insurance numbers, and passwords that will be used to commit fraud.
The goal of criminals using brand spoofing is to lead consumers to believe that a request for information is coming from a legitimate company. In reality it is a malicious attempt to collect customer information for the purpose of committing fraud.
Often these ‘phishing’ emails will contain spelling errors or ask you to respond to a web browser account with a hotmail, gmail, or yahoo email account which are sure signs the email is fraudulent.
Do not respond to any emails requesting personal or financial information and never give out your password online. If you have any questions about the email you have received please contact your local financial institution and ask questions about it before responding.