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May 21, 2014 Posted by Books in Archive

Internet Fraud

Hi,
Though this was posted last year, internet fraud is still happening every day. With that being the case, we should all have on hand what steps should be taken if it happens:

In fact, according to the Hanover Post of Thursday, October 24, 2013:

"Man claims to be branch manager, steals $5,000 from elderly woman"

"West Grey Police Service is investigating an incident that happened Friday when an elderly resident was defrauded of approximately $5,000.
The victim received a phone call from a polite, articulate male claiming to be the Durham RBC branch manager who was investigating the bank's tellers for stealing money during transactions. He said he was recording their activity and requested the elderly bank customer's assistance.
After determining the balance in the victim's account, he requested that the victim withdraw a large sum of money in cash explaining to the teller it was for a family emergency. She provided her clothing description to the suspect.
The money was placed in an envelope and the victim was then met by a second male identified as Mr. Hamilton outside the bank who then collected the envelope and left (presumably for the purpose of counting).
The suspect made a follow-up call to the victim thanking them for their assistance. The victim subsequently contacted the RBC to enquire about their money and was advised of the scam.
Residents of West Grey and the surrounding counties should be aware of this scam and contact your local police service if experiencing a similar incident."

It's not always easy to spot a scam, and new ones are invented every day.

If you suspect that you may be a target of fraud, or if you have already sent funds, don't be embarrassed - you're not alone.

If you want to report a fraud, or if you need more information, contact The Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre:

Ways to report fraud

On-line: https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca
Toll Free: 1-888-495-8501
Toll Free Fax: 1-888-654-9426
Email: info@antifraudcentre.ca

And contact your local police service

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West Grey Police Service

Mailing Address:
153 George Street West, P.O. Box 676
Durham, Ontario N0G 1R0

Telephone:
Emergency: 9-1-1
24 Hour Dispatch: 519-371-6911
Fax: 519-369-5474