LOCAL RESIDENT BILKED OUT OF $7,000 BY SCAM
5/17/2017 8:42:37 AM


An old scam in the Ottawa Valley has claimed another victim. According to the OPP, the emergency/grandparent scam is blamed for a major fraud in late April. Police say someone sent over $7,000 to Gambia in West Africa after receiving an emergency email from someone posing as a friend requesting financial help. This type of scam will try to catch you off guard as the fraudster poses as a loved one or friend in need of immediate financial help. The scammer will explain they are involved in some sort of legal trouble, have been injured or are having trouble returning from a foreign country and need money right away. If a scam artist contacts you or if you've been defrauded, contact the police or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
   

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