(NORFOLK COUNTY, ON) - On Saturday, May 9, 2020, at approximately 9:04 p.m., the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Norfolk County Detachment investigated a fraud at a Norfolk County address.
It was determined that a resident was contacted by a friend over social media about humanitarian grants from Texas and inquired if they wanted to invest in order to double their initial investment. A request for funds was made at which time approximately $37,000 was forwarded.
The victim contacted the friend who had no idea about the message or money requested. The victim realized that this was in fact a scam and immediately contacted police.
The OPP is urging everyone to be very aware of online financial fraudsters. They will send email spam, or approach you on a social media website or in a web forum. An internet advertisement may also lead you to a website, designed to gather your personal information, which they will use to approach you directly or to steal your identity.
Things to remember: Don't expect to get rich quick. Be careful with your personal information. Don't be lured by claims of insider information. Delete and block spam emails. Do your own research and make sure you get all the information you need before you invest and use a reputable person or agency when you decide to invest your hard earned money.
"If we can eliminate the economic incentives for scammers, we can eliminate their behavior completely. All residents in Norfolk County are being encouraged to continually stay educated on the various scams that are occurring in our community. Stay up to date with the various scams by visiting http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm." -Inspector Joseph Varga Detachment Commander, Norfolk County OPP.