(SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY, ON) - The South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is sending out a scam warning after receiving a report of a scam from a resident in the Municipality of Kincardine. The scam started with a phone call from a bank employee concerned about suspicious account activity. After a series of transactions to assist the "special investigator", the complainant realized a loss of over $40,000.
Your best defence against this scam is to attend your bank in person to verify the "suspicious activity" and then take corrective measures (if necessary) at your branch.
Modern, tech-savvy scammers have the ability to create very convincing scams. They won't hesitate to use the name of a legitimate company, even a branch of the government, in an effort to gain your trust and trick you into paying them. Always be absolutely certain who you are dealing with before you ever consider sending money or sharing personal information
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 that can assist police 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.