OPP WARN OF COMPLEX SCAM THAT TOOK MILLIONS FROM UNSUSPECTING VICTIMS
2/13/2018 10:54:20 AM
A new scam that has afflicted the Toronto area is in danger of spreading. The Renfrew OPP Detachment says five people were taken for millions, when victims received calls from someone pretending to be a retailer who alerted them that their credit card account had been compromised. The fraudster then advises you call 911, as well as your financial institution to report the breach. Upon hanging up, the call is not disconnected. You think you have made an outgoing call and are now talking with authorities whereas you are not-- you are still on the line with the scammer. The victim is instructed to go to their bank and transfer funds into an allegedly safe account, but in reality, it is the scammer's account. Police say the best defence is to be suspicious of instructions received over the phone. Go to your bank personally and report the incident; an authentic employee would never advise you to deposit money into a third-party account. This scam has attracted the attention of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Consumer Protection Ontario, the Canadian Bankers Association, and the OPP.
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