OPP report major scam losses in the past six weeks

The South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is sending out a fraud warning after a significant amount of money has been lost by residents of Southern Bruce County.

Commonly known as the “Bitcoin” scam and the “Romance” scam, with combined losses greater than $500,000 have been reported in the past 6 weeks.

The South Bruce OPP is offering some tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of fraud:

·        Never share personal information when chatting online. This includes emails, texts, and social media sites.

·        Question unsolicited “Crypto stock trading” offers. Thoroughly research online trading and the company/broker before you consider any investment.

·        Ask yourself, “Would someone I have never met declare their love after a few online chats?” Think of a request for money as a red flag.

Remember that tech-savvy scammers can create very convincing scams. They won’t hesitate to use the name of a legitimate company to gain your trust and trick you into paying them.

The South Bruce OPP and the South Bruce OPP Crime Unit are continuing to investigate.

Cyber Safety tips are available at: https://www.getcybersafe.ca.

Anyone interested in more information on fraud can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1 888 495 8501 or check online at http://www.antifraudcentre.ca/.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.