LEEDS – Members of the Ontario Provincial Police are continuing an investigation after a suspected fraud occurred in Rideau Lakes.
On March 14, 2018 Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers in Rideau Lakes were advised from a resident that they had been defrauded of a substantial amount of money by someone claiming to be their grandson. The fraudster said he was in an ‘at fault’ collision where another male was injured, and now required money to pay for medical expenses. The fraudster called a total of three times within a week and defrauded the victim out of over $4000.
The OPP reminds residents that if you get a call or email from someone claiming to know you and asking for help, check to confirm that it’s legitimate before you send any money. Ask some questions that would be hard for an imposter to answer correctly – the name of the person’s pet, for example, or the date of their mother’s birthday. Contact the person who they claim to be directly. If you can’t reach the person, contact someone else – a friend or relative of the person. Don’t send money unless you’re sure it’s the real person you know.
Impostor scams are cleverly designed to play on your fears; it’s hard to avoid falling for them. If you believe that someone is posing as a fraudster, hang up. You can file a complaint through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or online at www.tipsubmit.com